Long March-11 liftoff. Credit: CCTV-Plus

Long March-11 liftoff.
Credit: CCTV-Plus

 

China has successfully launched a satellite to test pulsar detectors.

The satellite is slated to conduct experiments on X-ray pulsar navigation. The test pulsar satellite was placed in a Sun synchronous orbit.

The satellite was lofted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China on November 10th onboard a Long March-11 carrier rocket, which is a solid propellant rocket.

Navigation technology

“This pulsar satellite is our country’s first in-orbit navigation testing satellite,” said Xue Lijun, chief designer of the pulsar project of the No.5 Institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

“Apart from the testing, we will use the two detectors to collect periodic X-ray signals, so as to test the theory of the in-orbit navigation technology,” said Xue in an interview carried on CCTV-Plus.

Four micro-satellites were also launched along with the test pulsar satellite

Credit: YANNAING PYI SONE AUNG

Credit: YANNAING PYI SONE AUNG

Debris from launch?

Although not confirmed, there have been reports that objects related to the Chinese launch may have fallen into a jade mining area in north Myanmar. One large chunk of junk is some 15 feet long (4.5 meters) and 4 feet (1.2 meters) wide.

Yet another piece of metal with Chinese writing on it fell through the roof of a neighboring house at roughly the same time.

No injuries were reported, and whether the debris is indeed related to the rocket launch has not been established.

To view a video of the spacecraft launch, go to:

http://cd-pv.news.cctvplus.com/2016/1110/8036284_Preview_5465.mp4

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