29 October 2019
The second phase of the programme has now started, Wang Chi, Director of the National Space Science Center under the CAS, recently told media. The first mission of the second phase was Taiji-1, China's first satellite to conduct in-orbit experiments on key technologies related to space-based gravitational wave detection. The four new missions include the Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor (GECAM), expected to be launched at the end of 2020, the Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory (ASO-S), the Einstein-Probe (EP), tasked with discovering celestial bodies that emit X-rays and the Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, or SMILE.
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