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China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station Receives Data from China’s First Hard X-ray Telescope
 Date: 2017-06-21  Page Views:

China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS) has received at 10:46 a.m June 16 the first-pass of downstream data from the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) launched at a day ago.

The first package of data from the HXMT, with a total size of 2.1 gigabytes was received by RSGS’s Kashgar station in northwest China, and was real-time transferred to the National Space Science Center (NSSC) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing.

The data received by Kashgar station was verified in good quality. The other two ground stations in Beijing's suburban Miyun District and south China's Sanya also successfully tracked the signals from the telescope.

HXMT, dubbed “Insight”, is China's first astronomical satellite. It is an X-ray space observatory which is designed to observe black holes, neutron stars, active galactic nuclei and other phenomena based on their X-ray and gamma ray emissions.

The HMXT is the last of the cluster of four space science missions under the CAS’s Strategic Priority Program on Space Science which has been under development since 2000. The other three are: the dark matter particle prober “Wukong”, the microgravity experiment satellite SJ-10, and the quantum communication satellite "Micius".

A large research infrastructure housed by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) under CAS, RSGS is responsible for the data reception of all these satellite for China's space sciences and has already built a network for near-earth satellite reception that covers the south, north and west of China.

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