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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - November 5, 2023
« Reply #1 on: 02/02/2023 05:50 am »
https://twitter.com/CNSpaceflight/status/1620827575911325697
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One major space science mission of China in 2023 is to launch the 1.45-t Einstein Probe to observe X-ray radiation produced by energetic events at 600km 30° LEO.

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - November 5, 2023
« Reply #2 on: 03/16/2023 06:15 am »
爱因斯坦探针(EP)卫星工程2023年度工作会召开
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Einstein Probe (EP) Satellite Engineering 2023 Annual Work Meeting Held

First, ensure that the back wall of the EP satellite's launch on November 5, 2023 will not collapse; second, the overall project and major systems, especially the satellite system, must grasp the follow-up key nodes; third, the satellite overall strengthens the organization Management, implementation of responsibilities, strengthening of personnel security, to ensure that there are no problems in the development of satellites.
The EP(Einstein Probe) might be launched before November 5 this year.

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - November 5, 2023
« Reply #3 on: 03/18/2023 12:52 pm »
China to launch Einstein Probe to observe changing universe

https://english.news.cn/20230318/60349c3f71c14eb8bed70043709ddf92/c.html

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - November 5, 2023
« Reply #4 on: 09/03/2023 01:16 pm »
EP Satellite Successfully Passed the Thermal Test

From July 20 to August 8, 2023, the Einstein Probe (EP) satellite successfully passed the thermal test in the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites, CAS.

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - December 2023
« Reply #5 on: 11/02/2023 03:33 pm »
EP satellite successfully passed a series of tests including the mechanical test

In the past September of 2023, the Einstein Probe (EP) satellite successfully passed a series of tests at IAMC including the mechanical test, the deployment and illumination test, the magnetic test and the electromagnetic compatibility testing..

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - December 2023
« Reply #6 on: 11/02/2023 03:35 pm »
EP Mission announced the call for observing proposals (cycle-1)

On October 16, 2023, the Einstein Probe mission announced the call for observing proposals during the first year of EP scientific operations (Cycle-1)..

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Re: Einstein Probe - CZ-2C - XSLC - December 2023
« Reply #7 on: 11/30/2023 12:52 pm »
爱因斯坦探针(EP)卫星工程卫星出厂审定会在京召开
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The Einstein Probe (EP) satellite engineering satellite factory review meeting was held in Beijing

On November 29, the satellite factory approval meeting for the Einstein Probe (EP) satellite project was held in Beijing. Ding Chibiao, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and commander-in-chief of the space science satellite project, attended the meeting and mobilized.

The Einstein Probe (EP) satellite was established and implemented by the Space Science Pilot Project (Phase II) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It will carry out high-sensitivity real-time dynamic sky survey monitoring in the soft X-ray band, discover and explore temporary and explosive celestial objects in the universe, and Guide other space- and ground-based astronomical equipment to carry out follow-up observations. The European Space Agency (ESA), Germany's Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and the French Space Agency (CNES) are involved in the project as an international collaboration. According to the plan, the satellite will be launched into orbit at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in January 2024.

After listening to the project report and opinions from all parties, Ding Chibiao agreed that the satellite would leave the factory to carry out the launch mission. In his mobilization speech, he emphasized the special mission and significance of this mission in accelerating the Chinese Academy of Sciences to seize the commanding heights of science and technology and accelerate the advancement of space science into a new stage of development. The significance requires the entire project to keep in mind General Secretary Xi Jinping’s expectation of “producing early results, producing more results, producing good results, and producing big results”, comprehensively improve quality management, organization and implementation, risk prevention and control, news publicity and other work standards, and advance the Plan to successfully complete the satellite launch mission and produce influential scientific results as soon as possible.

More than 70 representatives from relevant departments of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, relevant departments inside and outside the academy, and major engineering systems attended the meeting.
The Aiyinsitan Tanzhen 爱因斯坦探针(EP) is ready to ship for luanch on January (22?), 2024 from Xichang.
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捕捉“看不见”的宇宙“焰火”,这颗空间科学卫星征名啦
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Capturing the "invisible" cosmic "fireworks", this space science satellite is seeking a name

In 2024, China will launch a new X-ray astronomy satellite. It will be a catcher of explosions of cosmic objects, capture the "invisible" "fireworks" of the universe, explore the last rays of light emitted by stars before they are swallowed up by black holes and discover supernova explosions. The first flash of light and the violent flare of stars near the solar system.

Starting today (20th), the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have publicly named this new space science satellite. Currently, our country has Wukong, Shijian-10, Mozi, Huiyan, Taiji-1, Huairou 1, Kuafu 1, Smile Project and other "big families" of space science satellite series, the naming requirements for this X-ray astronomy satellite are as follows:

1. Avoid duplication with existing satellite names, no more than four characters.

2. It is highly consistent with the core scientific goal of the satellite to "capture the fleeting and mysterious phenomena in the universe". The text is concise, easy to remember, and easy to spread.

3. It has both scientific and traditional cultural connotations and demonstrates the scientific exploration spirit and cultural confidence of the Chinese people.

4. Please submit a name definition of no less than 15 words and no more than 200 words.
You can name this payload!

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This might be launched on January 22 from Xichang.

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Einstein Probe in a nutshell

Einstein Probe will study the Universe in X-ray light. Equipped with a new generation of X-ray instruments with high sensitivity and a very wide view, this mission will survey the sky and hunt for powerful blasts of X-ray light coming from mysterious celestial objects such as neutron stars and black holes.

Some of the key questions that Einstein Probe will help answer are: How common are black holes and how do they swallow matter? What powers the jets of high-energy particles being spewed out from discs of blazing material circling these exotic objects? What kind of events produce gravitational waves? What happens when a star explodes and goes supernova?

To achieve its science goals, the Einstein Probe spacecraft is equipped with a new generation of instruments with high sensitivity and the ability to observe large areas of the sky: the Wide-field X-ray Telescope (WXT) and the Follow-up X-ray Telescope (FXT).

Einstein Probe is a collaboration led by CAS with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Germany. In return for contributing to the development of this mission and the definition of its scientific goals, ESA will get access to 10% of the data generated by Einstein Probe’s observations.

- Related article: Innovative X-ray lobster-eye mission set to launch

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2023/12/Einstein_Probe_in_a_nutshell

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It is said this might be luanched on January 9.

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Dedicated thread of the Aiyinsitan Tanzhen (Einstein Probe) X-ray telescope in the Space Science Section.

CAS - Aiyinsitan Tanzhen (Einstein Probe) - updates

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=60115.0

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装配“龙虾眼”的中科院-欧空局爱因斯坦探针卫星将在1月9日下午3点发射
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The Chinese Academy of Sciences-ESA Einstein probe satellite equipped with a "lobster eye" will be launched at 3 pm on January 9

The space exploration satellite "Einstein Probe", a collaboration between the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the European Space Agency and the Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics, will ride on the Long March 2C rocket at 15:00 on January 9, 2024. It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The Einstein Probe is a wide-field X-ray space observation satellite. Its main mission is to carry out wide-field time-domain sky survey monitoring in the soft X-ray band, systematically discover high-energy transients in the universe and detect variable celestial objects. , monitor the activity of celestial bodies and explore their nature and physical processes.

The probe was originally scheduled to be launched in 2022, but was later postponed to January 2024. The latest news is that it will be launched at 15:00 (UTC+8) on January 9, 2024.

The Einstein Probes are able to peer deeply into events involving X-rays and provide more details about the interactions between black holes, magnetars, active galactic nuclei, red-shifted gamma-ray bursts, and comets and solar wind ions.

The ability to regularly discover new X-ray sources and events is critical to improving human understanding of the origins of gravitational waves. Although detectors on Earth can detect gravitational wave signals, they often cannot locate the source, and the Einstein probe will help We determine the origin of many gravitational wave events observed on Earth.

Some highlight technologies of Einstein probes: lobster eyes

The detector is equipped with a new generation of instruments that are highly sensitive and capable of observing large areas of the sky: the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope (WXT) and the follow-on Telescope X-ray Telescope (FTX).

Among them, WXT has an optical modular design that imitates a lobster eye and uses innovative microhole optical technology, which allows WXT to observe 3,600 square degrees (equivalent to 1/10 of the celestial sphere) at a time.

Thanks to this unique capability, the Einstein probe is able to monitor nearly the entire night sky in three orbits around the Earth.

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Launch should be happening about now.
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Successful launch! Launch time was 07:03 UTC.

https://www.nbd.com.cn/articles/2024-01-09/3200359.html

"China successfully launched the Einstein probe satellite

2024-01-09 15:24:08

At 15:03 Beijing time on January 9, 2024, China successfully launched the Einstein probe satellite using the Long March-2C carrier rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, and the satellite successfully entered the scheduled orbit, and the launch mission was a complete success. The mission was the 506th flight of the Long March family of launch vehicles. (CCTV News)"
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This launch (see path below) has accidentally triggered local air raid alarms in Taiwan (probably because it's relatively unusual for Chinese satellite launches) and everyone's mobile phones went blaring off.  :-X

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