China unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe

  • Paul S. Ray
  • Shuangnan Zhang
  • T.J. Maccarone
  • Andrea Santangelo
  • Fangjun LU
  • Søren Brandt

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China is raising the stakes in its bid to become a major player in space science. At a kick-off meeting in Beijing last week, China's National Space Science Center, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), began detailed design studies for a satellite that would round out an array of orbiting platforms for probing x-rays from the most violent corners of the cosmos.

 

The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission would be China's most ambitious space science satellite yet—and its most expensive, with an estimated price tag of $473 million. To pull it off, China is assembling a collaboration involving more than 200 scientists so far from dozens of institutions in 20 countries. If the eXTP mission passes a final review next year, it would launch around 2025.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/china-unveils-plans-x-ray-satellite-probe-most-violent-corners-universe

 

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China unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe.

Period7 Mar 2018

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  • TitleChina unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScience
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date07/03/2018
    DescriptionChina is raising the stakes in its bid to become a major player in space science. At a kick-off meeting in Beijing last week, China's National Space Science Center, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), began detailed design studies for a satellite that would round out an array of orbiting platforms for probing x-rays from the most violent corners of the cosmos.


    The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission would be China's most ambitious space science satellite yet—and its most expensive, with an estimated price tag of $473 million. To pull it off, China is assembling a collaboration involving more than 200 scientists so far from dozens of institutions in 20 countries. If the eXTP mission passes a final review next year, it would launch around 2025.


    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/china-unveils-plans-x-ray-satellite-probe-most-violent-corners-universe
    Producer/Author Dennis Normile
    URLwww.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/china-unveils-plans-x-ray-satellite-probe-most-violent-corners-universe
    PersonsPaul Ray, Shuangnan Zhang, Thomas Maccarone, Andrea Santangelo, Fangjun LU, Søren Brandt