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HERO: Program Status and Fist Images from a Balloon-Borne Focusing Hard-X-ray Telescope
Author and Affiliation:
Ramsey, B. D.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Alexander, C. D.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Apple, J. A.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Benson, C. M.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Dietz, K. L.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Elsner, R. F.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Engelhaupt. D. E.(Alabama Univ., Center for Applied Optics, Huntsville, AL United States)
Ghosh, K. K.(National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Huntsville, AL United States)
Kolodziejczak, J. J.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
ODell, S. L.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States) Show more authors
Abstract: HERO is a balloon payload featuring shallow-graze angle replicated optics for hard-x-ray imaging. When completed, the instrument will offer unprecedented sensitivity in the hard-x-ray region, giving thousands of sources to choose from for detailed study on long flights. A recent proof-of-concept flight captured the first hard-x-ray focused images of the Crab Nebula, Cygnus X-1 and GRS 1915+105. Full details of the HERO program are presented, including the design and performance of the optics, the detectors and the gondola. Results from the recent proving flight are discussed together with expected future performance when the full science payload is completed.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2001
Document ID:
20020022510
(Acquired Mar 01, 2002)
Subject Category: ASTRONOMY
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: SPIE's 46th Annual Meeting; 29 Jul. - 3 Aug. 2001; San Diego, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: International Society for Optical Engineering; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: BALLOON-BORNE INSTRUMENTS; X RAY TELESCOPES; IMAGING TECHNIQUES; X RAY OPTICS; CRAB NEBULA; ELECTROFORMING; NICKEL; X RAY BINARIES
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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