SEXTANT: Navigating by Cosmic Beacon

  • Released Friday, April 5th, 2013
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:52PM

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.

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  • SEXTANT: Navigating by Cosmic Beacon (ID: 2011103)
    Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Jesse Allen