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[BBC] Dead stars 'to guide spacecraft'

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German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals from pulsars.
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The telescope hardware for detecting X-rays in space has traditionally been bulky and heavy. Engineers will need to miniaturise the technology to make a practical pulsar navigation unit. "It becomes possible with the development of lightweight X-ray mirrors," said Prof Becker. "These are on the way for the next generation of X-ray telescopes. Current mirrors have a 100 times more weight and would be completely unusable. "In 15-20 years, the new mirrors will be standard and our device will be ready to be built."

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Interesting stuff. We'll likely be seeing this technology on board deep-space missions in the near future.
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Reading anything about space always makes me happy.
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Super neat!

LOL@ the pic of the original Enterprise in their illustration of how it could work. biggrin.gif
    
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