Astro E [ISAS]
Astro E is a X-ray astronomy satellite bulit as a joint effort of NASA and the Japanese space agency ISAS. Observing the X-ray spectrum of the distant universe, Astro-E was to open a new window into the workings of black holes, neutron stars, active galaxies, and other very energetic objects.
Astro E featured four instruments, among them NASA's XRS spectrometer inherited from the cancelled AXAF-S mission.
Astro E was lost in a launch vehicle failure in February 2000, but a repeat Astro E2 (renamed Suzaku after successful launch) is being built to conduct the mission. It was launched in July 2005 aboard a Japanese improved M-5 rocket.
Astro E / E2 features following experiments:
Shortly after launch, Suzaku lost the liquid Helium for cooling the XRS-2 detector, severly impacting the resolution of the instrument. All other instruments are operable.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, X-Ray|
|Equipment:||XRS, XIS, HXD, XRT|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Astro E2 (Suzaku)||10.07.2005||Ka||M-5 (2)|