- Jul 29, 2021
In the early hours of 10th December, China successfully launches the Gravitational Wave Storm High-Energy Electromagnetic Correspondence All-Sky Monitor satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center using the Long March 11 Yaoji solid carrier rocket.
The chief scientist of the Extreme Eye at the Institute of High Energy Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiong Shaolin mentioned that the telescope satellites enter orbit with one arrow and two stars. Both the satellites are at both ends of the earth at any given time. What makes this satellite worth the mention is that this satellite is equipped to fully monitor the skies.
The “Gravitational Wave Storm High-Energy Electromagnetic Correspondence All-Sky Monitor” satellite will target extreme celestial bodies such as black holes and other neutron stars. The new satellite was deployed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Phase II) as a part of its pilot project. The official name given to this mission is “Huairou No. 1” which the scientists are calling the “Extreme Eye” telescope, including the names “Little Pole” and “Omomi” 2 small satellites.
The Polar Eye telescope will be monitoring high-energy celestial outbreaks including the gravitational wave gamma bursts, fast radio bursts, special gamma bursts and magnetar bursts, and will aim at promoting the cracking of black holes. It will also detect solar flares and other radiation phenomena, collect data and provide the data for further study of its physical mechanism.
Additionally, apart from the Ultra Eye telescope, a number of space science satellites have also been launched in the second phase of the Space Science Pilot Project which will roll out gradually over the course of the next five years. The pilot project will also launch two satellites, the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory and the China-Europe Joint Satellite Program (SMILE).
China is hoping to have breakthroughs in the extreme universe, solar activity, and sun-earth relations.