Hard x-ray telescope mission

P. Gorenstein, D. Worrall, K.D. Joensen, S.E. Romaine, M.C. Weisskopf, B.D. Ramsey, J.W. Bilbro, R.A. Kroeger, N.A. Gehrels, A.M. Parsons, R.K. Smither, Finn Erland Christensen, O. Citterio, P. von Ballmoos

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE
EditorsPierre Y. Bely, James B. Breckinridge
Publication date1996
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventSPIE 1996 International Symposium on Optical Science, Engineering and Instrumentation - Denver, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 19969 Aug 1996


ConferenceSPIE 1996 International Symposium on Optical Science, Engineering and Instrumentation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherPresented at the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Proc. volume 2807+2810


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