An introduction to the water recovery x-ray rocket

Drew M. Miles, Randall L. McEntaffer, Ted B. Schultz, Benjamin D. Donovan, James H. Tutt, Daniel Yastishock, Tyler Steiner, Christopher R. Hillman, Jake A. McCoy, Mitchell Wages, Sam Hull, Abe Falcone, David N. Burrows, Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, Tyler Anderson, Maria McQuaide

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Abstract

The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRXR) is a sounding rocket payload that will launch from the Kwajalein Atoll in April 2018 and seeks to be the first astrophysics sounding rocket payload to be water recovered by NASA. WRXR's primary instrument is a grating spectrometer that consists of a mechanical collimator, X-ray reflection gratings, grazing-incidence mirrors, and a hybrid CMOS detector. The instrument will obtain a spectrum of the diffuse soft X-ray emission from the northern part of the Vela supernova remnant and is optimized for 3rd and 4th order OVII emission. Utilizing a field of view of 3.25° × 3.25° and resolving power of λ/δλ 40-50 in the lines of interest, the WRXR spectrometer aims to achieve the most highly-resolved spectrum of Vela's diffuse soft X-ray emission. This paper presents introductions to the payload and the science target.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510612518
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 8 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10397
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/6/178/8/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Miles, D. M., McEntaffer, R. L., Schultz, T. B., Donovan, B. D., Tutt, J. H., Yastishock, D., Steiner, T., Hillman, C. R., McCoy, J. A., Wages, M., Hull, S., Falcone, A., Burrows, D. N., Chattopadhyay, T., Anderson, T., & McQuaide, M. (2017). An introduction to the water recovery x-ray rocket. In O. H. Siegmund (Ed.), UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX [103970R] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10397). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274249