From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRXR) is a sounding rocket payload that will launch from the Kwajalein Atoll in April 2018 and seeks to be the first astrophysics sounding rocket payload to be water recovered by NASA. WRXR's primary instrument is a grating spectrometer that consists of a mechanical collimator, X-ray reflection gratings, grazing-incidence mirrors, and a hybrid CMOS detector. The instrument will obtain a spectrum of the diffuse soft X-ray emission from the northern part of the Vela supernova remnant and is optimized for 3rd and 4th order OVII emission. Utilizing a field of view of 3.25° × 3.25° and resolving power of λ/δλ ≈40-50 in the lines of interest, the WRXR spectrometer aims to achieve the most highly-resolved spectrum of Vela's diffuse soft X-ray emission. This paper presents introductions to the payload and the science target.
Drew M. Miles, Randall L. McEntaffer, Ted B. Schultz, Benjamin D. Donovan, James H. Tutt, Daniel Yastishock, Tyler Steiner, Christopher R. Hillman, Jake A. McCoy, Mitchell Wages, Sam Hull, Abe Falcone, David N. Burrows, Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, Tyler Anderson, and Maria McQuaide, "An introduction to the water recovery x-ray rocket," Proc. SPIE 10397, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX, 103970R (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 07, 2017; Published: 29 August 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274249.
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