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X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications on Cubesat
Author(s): L. Pina; R. Hudec; A. Inneman; D. Cerna; J. Jakubek; L. Sieger; V. Dániel; W. Cash; L. Mikulickova; R. Pavlica; E. Belas; J. Polak
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Paper Abstract

The primary objective of the project VZLUSAT-1 is the development, manufacturing, qualification and experimental verification of products and technologies in Earth orbit (IOD – In-Orbit Demonstration). This work addresses the issue of X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications. The proposed wide-field optical system has not been used in space yet. The proposed novel approach is based on the use of 1D "Lobster eye" optics in combination with Timepix X-ray detector in the energy range 3 - 40 keV. The proposed project includes theoretical study and a functional sample of the Timepix X-ray detector with multifoil wide-field X-ray "Lobster eye" optics. Using optics to focus X-rays on a detector is the only solution in cases the intensity of impinging X-ray radiation is below the sensitivity of the detector, e.g. while monitoring astrophysical objects in space, or phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere. On board the functions and features of Radiation Hardened Composite Housing (RHCH), Solar panels based on composite substrate and Hollow Retro Reflector Array based on composite (HRRA) will be verified. To verify the properties of the developed products the satellite is equipped by Health Monitoring system (HM). HM system includes temperature, volatiles, radiation and mechanical properties sensors. The custom ADCS algorithms are being developed within the project. Given the number of IOD experiments and the necessary power the 1U CubeSat is equipped with Composite Deployable Panels (CDP) where HM panels and additional Solar panels are located. Satellite platform is assembled from commercial parts. Mission VZLUSAT-1 is planned for 6 months with launch in 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9510, EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space IV, 951005 (12 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185091
Show Author Affiliations
L. Pina, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
R. Hudec, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
A. Inneman, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
D. Cerna, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
J. Jakubek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
L. Sieger, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
V. Dániel, Aerospace Research and Test Establishment (Czech Republic)
W. Cash, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
L. Mikulickova, Thin Film Technological Service (Czech Republic)
R. Pavlica, 5M s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
E. Belas, Charles Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
J. Polak, Innovative Sensor Technology AG (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9510:
EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space IV
René Hudec; Ladislav Pina, Editor(s)

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