Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Suzaku XRS: Astro-E2 x-ray satellite trouble

Apparently the X-Ray Spectrometer on the Japanese Suzaku (aka Astro-E2) satellite had a loss of coolant and is defunct. XRS was the Goddard instrument.

Bummer. There are two other detectors. No word yet on how this affects overall mission.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you hear about the XRS?.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

e-mail forwarded to me
I trust the source, it was not tagged confidential

11:27 PM  
Blogger Keith Arnaud said...

Unfortunately true. There is an official statement on the suzaku web site now.

The other instruments are fine and the XIS should get first light tomorrow.

6:19 PM  

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