Attention with China, the country is present in more and more disciplines and space is being one of the bets with greater growth and importance, something that many predicted, but no one expected. Chinese and we have been releasing tracks from his space power, first with its lunar exploration missions, they also want to prove the existence of dark matter and also presume what will be the largest radio telescope in the world.
But now they also want to observe and investigate the hidden places of the universe, where until now the great telescope specialHubble space is the reference, China has announced that it are already building its own space telescope , which exceed the field of view of the Hubble.
Optical system in communication with the Chinese space station
As we know, China is not participating in the International Space Station (ISS), the country has always remained on the sidelines and have chosen to launch their own missions, following its priorities, for this reason China has in orbit its own station, the Tiangong, Which will be replaced this 2016 by the Tiangong-2 of almost 15 meters in length, with a capacity for three taikonautas (Chinese astronauts).
A few days ago, during parliamentary sessions, Zhang Yulin, deputy of the National People 's Congress and former president of the aerospace company CASC, announced that the construction of a "space optical system" was started, which would have a lens over 2 meters in diameter, a field of vision 300 times greater than that of Hubble, but would retain the same image resolution.
His life is estimated to be at least 10 years, time that could map up to 40% of the cosmos , where your goal would be to investigate dark matter, dark energy and possible life on exoplanets. But undoubtedly the most important point is that this optical system would be orbiting near the Tiangong-3 station, which is predicted to be launched between 2020 and 2022.
Being close to the station, there will be the possibility of uniting so that the taikonautas can carry out repairs, something that for example has affected the performance of Hubble, since each repair requires a strong investment, both time and money.
This Chinese telescope, as yet unnamed, would be released around the same time as the Tiangong-3, station and so begin a major competition in the field of space exploration, and to remember that NASA prepares for 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope or JWST, which later would be replaced by the WFIRST , which will be 100 times more powerful than Hubble.