China’s pulsar test satellite XPNAV-1

Q.  China has launched a pulsar test satellite in NW China. What is it called?
- Published on 14 Nov 16

a. VPNAV-1
b. XPNAV-1
c. DPNAV-1
d. None of the above

China’s pulsar test satellite XPNAV-1China on 10th Nov 2016 has launched a pulsar test satellite XPNAV-1 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in NW China
  • Satellite was carried by Long March 11 rocket
  • It was the 239th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket
  • The satellite and rocket were designed by academies affiliated with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp
  • The x-ray pulsar navigation satellite weighs more than 200 kg
  • It operates in a Sun synchronous orbit and will conduct in-orbit experiments using pulsar detectors to showcase new technology
  • When it is in orbit, the satellite will undergo tests on detector functions and space environment adaptability
  • The periodic x-ray signals emitted from pulsars will be used to determine the location of the spacecraft within deep space
  • The pulsar navigation will reduce the reliance of the spacecraft on ground based navigation methods and is expected to lead to autonomous spacecraft navigation within the future

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