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ESA assessment study activities on the International X-ray Observatory
Author(s): N. Rando; D. Martin; D. Lumb; P. Verhoeve; T. Oosterbroek; L. Puig; G. Saavedra; M. Linder; L. Scolamiero; T. Voirin; C. Damasio; D. de Wilde; M. Landgraf; P. Gondoin; M. Bavdaz
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Paper Abstract

The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) is an L class mission candidate within the science programme Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 of the European Space Agency, with a planned launch by 2020. IXO is an international cooperative project, pursued by ESA, JAXA and NASA. By allowing astrophysical observations between 100 eV and 40 keV, IXO would represent the new generation X-ray observatory, following the XMM-Newton, Astro-H and Chandra heritage. The IXO mission concept is based on a single aperture telescope with an external diameter of about 3.5 m, a focal length of 20 m and a number of focal plane instruments, positioned at the focal point via a movable platform. A grating spectrometer, enabling parallel measurements, is also included in the model payload. Two parallel competitive industrial assessment studies are being carried out by ESA on the overall IXO mission, while the instruments are being studied by dedicated instrument consortia. The main results achieved during this study are summarised.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77321C (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856825
Show Author Affiliations
N. Rando, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. Martin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. Lumb, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
P. Verhoeve, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
T. Oosterbroek, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
L. Puig, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
G. Saavedra, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
M. Linder, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
L. Scolamiero, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
T. Voirin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
C. Damasio, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. de Wilde, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
M. Landgraf, European Space Operations Ctr. (Germany)
P. Gondoin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
M. Bavdaz, European Space Operations Ctr. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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