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Hard x-ray telescope mission
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Paper Abstract

The Hard X-Ray Telescope was selected for study as a possible new intermediate size mission for the early 21st century. Its principal attributes are: (1) multiwavelength observing with a system of focussing telescopes that collectively observe from the UV to over 1 MeV, (2) much higher sensitivity and much better angular resolution in the 10 - 100 keV band, and (3) higher sensitivity for detecting gamma ray lines of known energy in the 100 keV to 1 MeV band. This paper emphasizes the mission aspects of the concept study such as the payload configuration and launch vehicle. An engineering team at the Marshall Space Center is participating in these two key aspects of the study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2807, Space Telescopes and Instruments IV, (12 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255094
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Gorenstein, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
D. M. Worrall, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Karsten Dan Joensen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Suzanne E. Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brian D. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James W. Bilbro, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard A. Kroeger, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Neil A. Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ann M. Parsons, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert K. Smither, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Finn Erland Christensen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
Oberto Citterio, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera-Milano (Italy)
Peter von Ballmoos, CESR (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2807:
Space Telescopes and Instruments IV
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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