11 October 2004 XEUS mission reference design
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The Xeus mission is designed to explore the X-ray emission from objects in the Universe at high redshifts, and these science requirements necessitate a very large effective area. We describe a completely revised mission scenario that mitigates previous concerns about the deployable mass and use of the ISS. New mirror technology with lightweight optics enables a direct launch to a L2 operational orbit, and we describe the outline of the Mirror and Detector Spacecraft that are deployed in formation flying to achieve the 50m focal distance separation.
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Marcos Bavdaz, Marcos Bavdaz, David H. Lumb, David H. Lumb, Anthony J. Peacock, Anthony J. Peacock, } "XEUS mission reference design", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552928; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552928


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