Universe  ID: 10857

SEXTANT: Navigating by Cosmic Beacon

Imagine a technology that would allow space travelers to transmit gigabytes of data per second over interplanetary distances or to navigate to Mars and beyond using powerful beams of light emanating from rotating neutron stars. The concept isn't farfetched.

In fact, Goddard astrophysicists Keith Gendreau and Zaven Arzoumanian plan to fly a multi-purpose instrument on the International Space Station to demonstrate the viability of two groundbreaking navigation and communication technologies and, from the same platform, gather scientific data revealing the physics of dense matter in neutron stars.


For More Information

http://gsfctechnology.gsfc.nasa.gov/CosmicBeacon.html


Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Video Editor
Francis Reddy (SPSYS): Narrator
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Producer
Zaven Arzoumanian (USRA): Scientist
Keith C. Gendreau Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Writer
Francis Reddy (SPSYS): Writer
Keith C. Gendreau Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC): Writer
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Goddard TV Tape:
G2011-103 -- SEXTANT: Navigating by Cosmic Beacon

Keywords:
SVS >> Galaxy
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Neutron Star
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SVS >> X-ray
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Pulsar
SVS >> Space
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SVS >> Star
SVS >> Space Science
SVS >> Communications
SVS >> SEXTANT
NASA Science >> Universe
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