The space exploration telescope market outside Hubble
Hubble remains one of the most popular among all space exploration telescopes on the planet. Despite its age, NASA’s superstar optical machine has not stopped impressing the public because of its achievements. Just recently, it spent 10 hours recording images of Jupiter’s surface that led to the creation of a stunning new map of the planet’s atmosphere.
But Hubble and its successor James Webb are not the only massive telescope for space study in the world. Even emerging economy like India now has its own optical instrument that promises to contribute in the fast-growing space industry.
Astrosat, India’s first observatory in space, aims to study distant stars and other unidentified bodies to increase man’s understanding of the universe.
Astrosat is the fourth entity after NASA, Roscosmos, and the European Space Agency to successfully orbit Mars. Even regional space leaders such as China, Japan, and South Korea were not able to accomplish this feat. Though Astrosat is ten times smaller than Hubble, its recent launch propelled India to another world record as the first developing country to have an observatory in space.
A radio signal telescope that is poised to conquer the global space exploration is also on the rise. Ten nations including Australia, Canada, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, and the UK have gathered to create a radiation-detecting instrument that could capture signals that are ten times faster and farther. This is expected to change the radio detection landscape and how humans currently see and understand the universe.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be erected in Australia and South Africa, and is expected to operate in 2023 after a five-year construction timeline.
“The SKA will be used to answer fundamental questions of science and the laws of nature, such as: how did the Universe, and the stars and galaxies contained in it, form and evolve? Was Einstein’s theory of relativity correct? What is the nature of ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’? What is the origin of cosmic magnetism? Is there life somewhere else in the Universe?” the organization behind the project explained on its official website.
South Africa’s involvement in the project is also seen to improve the country’s economy and position in the global space exploration segment.
“When the decision to co-host the SKA in South Africa and Australia was reached in 2012, it opened the door for collaboration on the African continent. The project has the potential to stimulate interest in astronomy across Africa by tapping into the continent’s traditions of watching the night skies,” Felix Donkor, a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, told South African Broadcasting Corporation.
However, not all groundbreaking phenomena in the space exploration segment is from science bureaus or government-funded projects. Thunder Energies Corporation (OTCQB: TNRG), a company known for its revolutionary nuclear technology and earth-friendly fossil fuel combustion products, is shocking the world of astronomy anew with its Santilli Telescope, the first and only optical instrument that can detect antimatter particles.
The telescope has also given light to Paul Dirac’s equation and disproven Einstein, Newton, and Galilei’s theories that these elusive particles really existed. The telescope’s inventor, Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli, has big plans for his new tool that will certainly help the science community.
Santilli wants his eponymous optical instrument to reach not only astrophysicists but also regular, amateur space enthusiasts.
“I am particularly glad that Thunder Energies Corporation is making available to professional as well as amateur astronomers all over the world our new telescopes for the first known systematic search of antimatter galaxies following a number of scientific publications,” he said in an interview.
Yet what’s most important is that the human race is not stopping from developing new technologies that could speed up their search for life outside the Earth. It’s a good thing that outside giant partnerships on expanding space capacities, the private sector has also realized that they, too, has a big role to play.