Xuntian: all about the Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST) which is 300 times more powerful than Hubble


In the recent history of Chinese space exploration we have had interesting cases on an irregular trajectory, but no case like that of the Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST), better known as Xuntian.

A few days ago we saw how compared to SpaceX the Chinese space agency was actually falling short of its projected goals.

But there are others in which they seem to have a good rhythm and are destined to impose history and set new precedents.

For example, today’s telescope james webb It has become perhaps the greatest source of rage for lovers of space exploration.

With its cost of USD $10,000 million, each image that has been released captured from its lens is wonderful and impressive.

But this space device would soon have some serious competition.

This is the Xuntian telescope

The queues of Intersting Engineering have just shared for this western side of the planet an impressive series of details about the new Chinese CSST telescope, better known as Xuntian, which means “study of the heavens”.

Where they share with us that the authorities of that country have finally set an official tentative date for the launch of their most powerful space telescope.

The Xuntian Space Telescope, with a viewing power 300 times greater than that of Hubble, will be launched at the end of next year 2023.

So by 2024 it is projected that the device could enter its fully operational phase to be fully coupled as one more component of the new Chinese Space Station, which will be operational from 2023 precisely.

the telescope Xuntian It will be the largest built in Asia, as described in the video above, its “range of vision” will be 300 times wider than with the legendary Hubble.

But it should be noted that it would not be a direct competitor of the James Webb, since this, technically, is 3,000 times more powerful than the much mentioned Hubble.

So the Xuntian would be a minor contraption in comparison, but its purpose and way of working would also be different.

From the outset, CSST’s mission is to operate as a space-based optical observatory focused on investigating the properties of dark matter and dark energy. As well as the phenomena of the cosmos, which give rise to the formation of galaxies.

The Xuntian will have a huge 2.5 billion pixel camera with which it will be possible to observe up to 40% of the sky for a period of approximately 10 years. All thanks to the fact that the telescope will orbit relatively low, 400 kilometers from Earth.

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