Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
China has launched its second Long March-11 solid fuel rocket, carrying five small satellites to orbit, NASASpaceFlight.com reported. One of the satellites aboard the LM-11 rocket was the XPNAV-1 X-ray pulsar navigation satellite, weighing 240kg. Developed by the Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Fifth Academy, the satellite carries two detectors to test how its functions respond to cosmic background radiation, outline pulsar contours, and create a database for pulsar navigation.
According to the report, X-ray pulsar navigation will help reduce the reliance of spacecraft on ground-based navigation methods.
The satellite will be used to test autonomous spacecraft navigation, specifically to determine the location of spacecraft in deep space.
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