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Development of mirror segments for the Constellation-X observatory
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Paper Abstract

As NASA's next major x-ray observatory, Constellation-X will have a photon collection area of 30,000 cm2 at 1 keV, which, after folding other instrumental respojnses, translates into an effective aera of 15,000 cm2. The observatory consists of four identical satellites each of which carries a spectroscopic x-ray telescope mirror assembly (SXT) that is 1.6 m in diameter and has a focal length of 10 m and a collection area of 7,500 cm2 at 1 keV and an angular resolution of 15" HPD at the system level. Each mirror assembly consists of a large number of mirror segments precisely assembled together. Our development of the mirror segments is divided into two steps. The first one is to develop the basic approach and fabricate segments within the constraints of existing infra-structure to meet the angular resolution requirement, but not mirror segments precisely assembled together. Our development of the mirror segments is divided into two steps. The first one is to develop the basic approach and fabricate segments within the constraints of existing infra-structure to meet the angular resolution requirement, but not mirror segment size requirement. We have all but successfully competed this part of the development. We are now on the verge of going into the second step, that is to fabricate mirror segments of larger sizes to reduce the number of segments that have to be aligned and integrated. In this paper, we report on the requirements and the development status of the mirror segments. These assembly and other requirements of the SXT are reported elsewhere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461421
Show Author Affiliations
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David A. Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott M. Owens, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter J. Serlemitsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Yang Soong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Universities Space Research Association (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4851:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy
Joachim E. Truemper; Harvey D. Tananbaum, Editor(s)

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