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18 July 2000 Performance of the wide-field x-ray monitor on board the High-Energy Transient Explorer 2
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The Wide-field X-ray Monitor is one of the scientific instruments carried on the High Energy Transient Explorer 2 (HETE-2) satellite planned to be launched in May, 2000 (on the present schedule in February, 2000). HETE-2 is an international mission of a small satellite dedicated to provide broad band observations and accurate localizations of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). The first HETE satellite was lost due to a Pegasus XL rocket mishap on November 4, 1996. The HETE-2 has been developed on basically the same concept except that the UV cameras were replaced with the Soft X-ray Camera. A unique feature of this mission is its capability of determination and transmission of GRB coordinates in near real time through a network of primary and secondary ground stations.
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Yuji Shirasaki, Nobuyuki Kawai, Atsumasa Yoshida, Masaru Matsuoka, Masaaki Namiki, Ikuya Sakurai, Makoto Yamauchi, Kunio Takagishi, Isamu Hatsukade, Edward E. Fenimore, and Mark C. Galassi "Performance of the wide-field x-ray monitor on board the High-Energy Transient Explorer 2", Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000);


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