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4 March 2020 Design and construction of the x-ray instrumentation onboard the HaloSat CubeSat
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HaloSat is the first mission funded by NASA’s Astrophysics Division to use the CubeSat platform. Using three co-aligned silicon drift detectors, the HaloSat observatory measures soft (0.4 to 7 keV) x-ray emission from sources of diffuse emission such as the hot, gaseous halo of the Milky Way. We describe the design and construction of the science payload on HaloSat and the reasoning behind many of the choices. As a direct result of the design choices and adherence to best practices during construction, the HaloSat science payload continues to perform well after more than one year on-orbit.

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Daniel M. LaRocca, Philip Kaaret, Donald L. Kirchner, Anna Zajczyk, William Robison, Thomas E. Johnson, Keith M. Jahoda, William Fuelberth, Hannah C. Gulick, Ross McCurdy, Keith White, and Drew M. Miles "Design and construction of the x-ray instrumentation onboard the HaloSat CubeSat," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 6(1), 014003 (4 March 2020).
Received: 18 November 2019; Accepted: 19 February 2020; Published: 4 March 2020


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