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3 February 2004 Swift GRB mission
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Swift is a multi-wavelength observatory designed for the autonomous detection and immediate follow-up of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows. Following launch in early 2004, Swift's Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) will detect 100s of GRBs per year, and autonomously maneuver sensitive UV/optical and X-ray telescopes onto the burst within 10 to 75 seconds. GRB and X-ray positions and UV/optical finding chart will be rapidly distributed thorugh the GCN to promote ground-based observations. Afterglows will be monitored by Swift for days to weeks. All data will be converted into standard FITS formats and rapidly made available to the community from data centers in the US, Italy, and the UK.
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John A. Nousek "Swift GRB mission", Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004);


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