China is developing a Hubble-like telescope that explores the universe. The telescope called Xuntian, which is expected to be launched in 2024, will have an image quality of 2.5 billion pixels.
Competing in the space race, China is taking another important step. It produces a telescope similar to China’s Hubble telescope, which has been observing space for over 30 years.
The telescope, which China calls Xuntian, will be the first large telescope the country will send into space.
The telecope, which is planned to be launched in 2024, has a 2-meter wide lens. It is stated that Xuntian, which means heaven traveler, is 2.5 billion pixels quality.
Despite having similar image quality to Hubble, it was stated that Xuntian was able to observe a 300 times larger area.
In addition, Xuntian has been designed in a more modular structure. The telescope will anchor in China’s space station if needed. Thus, the maintenance and repair of the telescope will be easier.
It has been stated that Xuntian can observe 40 percent of the sky over a period of 10 years.
Hubble’s term of office is expected to end in the 2020s. However, NASA, ESA and CSA are preparing to launch the James Webb Space Telescope at the end of 2021.