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Station Explorer for X-Ray Timing and Navigation Technology (SEXTANT)

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Project Introduction

Enable GPS-like autonomous navigation in Solar System, and beyond, using millisecond period X-ray emitting neutron stars (Millisecond Pulsars) as beacons. Explore utility of pulsar-based time scale, and potential to maintain clock synchronization over long distances

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Project Duration

Technology Maturity (TRL)

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