30 January 2002 HERO: program status and first images from a balloon-borne focusing hard x-ray telescope
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HERO is a balloon payload featuring shallow-graze angle replicated optics for hard-x-ray imaging. When completed, the instrument will offer unprecedented sensitivity in the hard-x-ray region, giving thousands of sources to choose from for detailed study on long flights. A recent proof-of-concept flight captured the first hard-x-ray focused images of the Crab Nebula, Cygnus X-1 and GRS 1915+105. Full details of the HERO program are presented, including the design and performance of the optics, the detectors and the gondola. Results from the recent proving flight are discussed together with expected future performance when the full science payload is completed.
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Brian D. Ramsey, Brian D. Ramsey, Cheryl D. Alexander, Cheryl D. Alexander, Jeff A. Apple, Jeff A. Apple, C. M. Benson, C. M. Benson, Kurtis L. Dietz, Kurtis L. Dietz, Ronald F. Elsner, Ronald F. Elsner, Darell E. Engelhaupt, Darell E. Engelhaupt, Kajal Ghosh, Kajal Ghosh, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Stephen L. O'Dell, Stephen L. O'Dell, Chet O. Speegle, Chet O. Speegle, Douglas A. Swartz, Douglas A. Swartz, Martin C. Weisskopf, Martin C. Weisskopf, } "HERO: program status and first images from a balloon-borne focusing hard x-ray telescope", Proc. SPIE 4496, X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions, (30 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454369; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.454369


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