12 October 1996 Hard x-ray telescope mission
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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.
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Paul Gorenstein, D. M. Worrall, Karsten Dan Joensen, Suzanne E. Romaine, Martin C. Weisskopf, Brian D. Ramsey, James W. Bilbro, Richard A. Kroeger, Neil A. Gehrels, Ann M. Parsons, Robert K. Smither, Finn Erland Christensen, Oberto Citterio, Peter von Ballmoos, "Hard x-ray telescope mission", Proc. SPIE 2807, Space Telescopes and Instruments IV, (12 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255094; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.255094


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