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An introduction to the water recovery x-ray rocket
Author(s): Drew M. Miles; Randall L. McEntaffer; Ted B. Schultz; Benjamin D. Donovan; James H. Tutt; Daniel Yastishock; Tyler Steiner; Christopher R. Hillman; Jake A. McCoy; Mitchell Wages; Sam Hull; Abe Falcone; David N. Burrows; Tanmoy Chattopadhyay; Tyler Anderson; Maria McQuaide
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Paper Abstract

The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRXR) is a sounding rocket payload that will launch from the Kwajalein Atoll in April 2018 and seeks to be the first astrophysics sounding rocket payload to be water recovered by NASA. WRXR's primary instrument is a grating spectrometer that consists of a mechanical collimator, X-ray reflection gratings, grazing-incidence mirrors, and a hybrid CMOS detector. The instrument will obtain a spectrum of the diffuse soft X-ray emission from the northern part of the Vela supernova remnant and is optimized for 3rd and 4th order OVII emission. Utilizing a field of view of 3.25° × 3.25° and resolving power of λ/δλ ≈40-50 in the lines of interest, the WRXR spectrometer aims to achieve the most highly-resolved spectrum of Vela's diffuse soft X-ray emission. This paper presents introductions to the payload and the science target.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10397, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX, 103970R (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274249
Show Author Affiliations
Drew M. Miles, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Randall L. McEntaffer, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ted B. Schultz, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Benjamin D. Donovan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
James H. Tutt, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Daniel Yastishock, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tyler Steiner, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Christopher R. Hillman, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jake A. McCoy, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mitchell Wages, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Sam Hull, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Abe Falcone, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tyler Anderson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Maria McQuaide, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10397:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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