9 May 2013 NANOX: proposed Nano-Satellite X-Ray Mission
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We present the idea of a low-cost satellite providing permanent monitoring of X-ray binaries. These systems contain a compact object (a neutron star or a black hole) accreting matter from a donor companion. They concentrate in the vicinity of the Galactic plane and toward the center of the Galaxy. It therefore appears very advantageous to point the telescope toward the Galactic center. The strong activity of X-ray binaries with non-predictable episodes of brightening suggests that we can obtain meaningful and physically important information even by a study using a small, inexpensive satellite. The proposed spacecraft can be of the nano-satellite class. We propose Schmidt lobster optics for this satellite. The results of experimental tests of the specimen of such optics show that the mission is feasible.
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Vladimir Tichý, Vladimir Tichý, Vojtěch Šimon, Vojtěch Šimon, René Hudec, René Hudec, Adolf Inneman, Adolf Inneman, David N. Burrows, David N. Burrows, "NANOX: proposed Nano-Satellite X-Ray Mission", Proc. SPIE 8777, Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space III, 877711 (9 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017612; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2017612


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