The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has chosen candidates for its successive round of space missions planned to launch between 2026 and 2030.
“Out of the 13 missions proposed, it is expected that between five and seven will be chosen for launch, ” SpaceNews reported.
The new missions belong to CAS’s third Strategic Priority Program (SPP III) project, also named the New Horizons Program, although the program has no connection to NASA’s New Horizons mission. An explanation of each of the 13 candidates was published in a paper in the Chinese Journal of Space Science on June 28, 2022.
Three of these proposed missions will conduct astrophysics and astronomy research:
1)The Enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry, or eXTP mission, intends to “study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity, and magnetism” and look for gravitational wave and neutrino sources.
2) The Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelength (DSL) mission would put a minor constellation of satellites into lunar orbit, where they could be safeguarded from terrestrial interference and examine undetected areas of the electromagnetic spectrum that could reveal signals from the earliest ages of the cosmos.
3) The DArk Matter Particle Explorer-2 (DAMPE-2) would follow up on the DAMPE mission that started in 2015 and look for evidence of dark matter.