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China’s first black-hole hunting space satellite Huiyan starts service

(People's Daily Online)    17:42, January 30, 2018

Starting from Jan. 30, Huiyan, or Insight, China’s first space satellite will officially start studying black holes and neutron stars, People’s Daily reported Tuesday, citing the national space administration.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) Huiyan was placed into orbit on June 15, 2017, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. It is ready for service after completing a half year of in-orbit tests, including ground system, satellite platform, and payload system tests.

Early October 2017, Huiyan cooperated with other observatories and located the source of gravitational waves created by the collision of two neutron stars, during which Huiyan detected the upper limits on gamma-ray bursts.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is rolling out regulations on satellite data management, and an international committee on Huiyan satellite was jointly launched by the CNSA and Chinese Academy of Sciences to seek international cooperation and integrate talents and technological resources from home and abroad.

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