Autonomous X-ray Navigation to Revolutionize Trial of NASA Robotic Spacecraft

Autonomous X-ray Navigation to Revolutionize Trial of NASA Robotic Spacecraft


In a groundbreaking invention, a group of engineers from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA as it is commonly called has presented with an X-ray navigation that would act autonomously in the space. This invention with such a capability is expected to change drastically the ability of NASA in the coming years as to putting the robotic spacecraft on trial in wide and far parts of the solar system and the universe beyond. 

The Invention to Facilitate Interplanetary Travel in the Future 

The said presentation involved an experiment that has been named SEXTANT or Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology. It exhibited that millisecond of pulsars could be put to use to determine correctly the exact location of a celestial object that is moving at a speed of thousands of miles every hour in the space. It is similar to that of Global Positioning System or GPS as it is commonly called. It gives timing, navigation and positioning services to its users across the planet earth. It has a constellation of around 24 satellites that are operating in the space. 

With this technology, a new frontier could opened up for the navigation of the vast and far reaching space and it is anticipated that it would work hand in hand with the already existing radio and optical systems that are spacecraft based.

The X-ray navigation system would take years to mature itself into one that could be used for deep-space spacecraft. Nevertheless, the engineers from NASA proved that it is possible to make use of it for the purpose of interplanetary travel in the future.