In-orbit operation of the soft x-ray spectrometer onboard the Hitomi satellite

Masahiro Tsujimoto, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Richard L. Kelley, Jan Willem Den Herder, Thomas G. Bialas, Kevin R. Boyce, Meng P. Chiao, Cor P. De Vries, Michael J. Dipirro, Megan E. Eckart, Yuichiro Ezoe, Ryuichi Fujimoto, Akio Hoshino, Kumi Ishikawa, Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Caroline A. Kilbourne, Shu Koyama, Maurice A. Leutenegger, Candace M. Masters, Ikuyuki MitsuishiHirofumi Noda, Takashi Okajima, Atsushi Okamoto, Frederic S. Porter, Kosuke Sato, Yohichi Sato, Joseph C. Savinell, Makoto Sawada, Hiromi Seta, Peter J. Shirron, Gary A. Sneiderman, Yoh Takei, Toru Tamagawa, Makoto S. Tashiro, Tomomi Watanabe, Shinya Yamada, Noriko Y. Yamasaki, Yoichi Yatsu

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Abstract

We summarize all of the in-orbit operations of the soft x-ray spectrometer (SXS) onboard the ASTRO-H (Hitomi) satellite. The satellite was launched on February 17, 2016, and the communication with the satellite ceased on March 26, 2016. The SXS was still in the commissioning phase, in which the set-ups were progressively changed. This paper is intended to serve as a concise reference of the events in orbit in order to properly interpret the SXS data taken during its short lifetime and as a test case for planning the in-orbit operation for future microcalorimeter missions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011205
JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Hitomi
  • in-orbit operations
  • soft x-ray spectrometer
  • x-ray microcalorimeter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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