X-ray pulsar based navigation


X-ray pulsar based navigation

X-ray Pulsar-based Navigation and Timing (XNAV) is a navigation technique whereby the periodic X-ray signals emitted from pulsars are used to determine the location of a spacecraft in deep space. A spacecraft using XNAV compares received X-ray signals with a database of known pulsar frequencies and locations. Similar to GPS, this comparison allows the spacecraft to triangulate its position accurately.

References

* [https://safe.sysplan.com/xnav/3_Overview.pdf DARPA XNAV Program Plan]
* [http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2005/051024.asp Johns Hopkins APL to Develop Deep Space Navigation Network]
* [http://www.sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/abstracts/05/sbir/phase2/SBIR-05-2-O1.02-9013.html US Government Contract Proposal for X-Ray Pulsar Based Navigation and Time Determination]


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