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ABRIXAS

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1999-022A

Description

ABRIXAS (A BRoad-band Imaging X-ray All-sky Survey) was a German astronomy spacecraft intended to monitor X-ray emissions in the universe. The imaging telescope, operating in the 0.5-10 keV X-ray range, was to map an estimated 10,000 new sources. The instrument was actually seven Wolter-1 telescopes of focal length 160 cm each with 27 nested mirrors of length 30 cm and diameters shrinking from 16.3 cm to 7.6 cm. The seven fields of view, each of 40 arc-minutes diameter, were separated by 7 degrees from each other. Additional details may be seen at:

http://wave.xray.mpe.mpg.de/abrixas/mission/

Alternate Names

  • A BRoad-band Imaging X-ray All-sky Survey
  • 25721

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1999-04-28
Launch Vehicle: Cosmos
Launch Site: Kapustin Yar, Russia
Mass: 550.0 kg

Funding Agency

  • Deutsche Forschunganstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, nee DFVLR) (Federal Republic of Germany)

Discipline

  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office.

 
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