The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT or also dubbed as Insight-HXMT) is China’s first astronomical satellite. It was launched on 15th June 2017 in JiuQuan, China and is currently in service smoothly. It was designed to perform pointing, scanning and gamma-ray burst (GRB) observations and, based on the Direct Demodulation Method (DDM), the image of the scanned sky region can be reconstructed. Here we introduce the mission and its progresses in aspects of payload, core sciences, ground calibration/facility, ground segment, data archive, software, in-orbit performance, calibration, background model, observations and preliminary results.
S. Zhang, S. N. Zhang, F. J. Lu, T. P. Li, L. M. Song, Y. P. Xu, H. Y. Wang, J. L. Qu, C. Z. Liu, Y. Chen, X. L. Cao, F. Zhang, S. L. Xiong, M. Y. Ge, Y. P. Chen, J. Y. Liao, J. Y. Nie, H. S. Zhao, S. M. Jia, X. B. Li, J. Guan, C. K. Li, J. Zhang, J. Jin, G. F. Wang, S. J. Zheng, X. Ma, L. Tao, and Y. Huang, "The insight-HXMT mission and its recent progresses," Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106991U (Presented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation: June 14, 2018; Published: 6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2311835.
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