DXL: NASA launching X-ray emission mission

Dec 10, 2012
DXL mission logo. Credit: University of Miami

NASA will launch an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL) December 9 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The goal of this flight is to identify how much of that diffuse x-ray emission comes from our solar system from the solar wind charge exchange process, and how much comes from outside our solar system from hot interstellar plasmas located in interstellar space. The payload incorporates an upgraded University of Wisconsin Aerobee IV instrument (flown on several Aerobee IV rockets from 1973 through 1980) and a prototype wide field-of-view soft x-ray camera.

The secondary payload STORM is the first wide field-of-view, solar wind charge exchange, soft X-ray imager for heliophysics applications. The instrument uses a new soft X-ray focusing technology called micropore reflectors (lobster-eye optics) which will fly for the first time on the sounding rocket instrument. Storm was built at Goddard Space Flight Center through the IRAD program.

The payload is scheduled to be launched at 10 p.m. MST, December 9 (0700 GMT, December 10), on a Black Brant IX . The 55-foot tall rocket is projected to carry the payload to an altitude of 160 miles. The payload, weighing nearly 1,357 pounds, will be recovered.

The principal investigator for this mission is Massimiliano Galeazzi from the University of Miami.

Explore further: Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space

More information: For more information on the DXL, go to: www.physics.miami.edu/~galeazzi/x-rays/dxl.html

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

SDO/EVE calibration sounding rocket launch

Jun 21, 2012

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched on 11 February 2010, and the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE), one of the three solar instruments aboard SDO, began normal operations on 1 May 2010.

Degradation free spectrometers sounding rocket

Jul 20, 2012

(Phys.org) -- The July 24, 2012 Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) sounding rocket mission's ultimate objective is to significantly advance the state of the art in short wavelength observing solar spectrometers ...

IRVE-3 flight hardware test sounding rocket

Jul 19, 2012

NASA will launch an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket July 22 from the agency's launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Recommended for you

Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

11 hours ago

The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North ...

Asteroid 2014 SC324 zips by Earth Friday afternoon

21 hours ago

What a roller coaster week it's been. If partial eclipses and giant sunspots aren't your thing, how about a close flyby of an Earth-approaching asteroid?  2014 SC324 was discovered on September 30 this ...

User comments : 0