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Class: Astronomy. Type: X-ray. Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Manufacturer: OHB-System.

X-ray astronomy satellite with the mission to carry out an all-sky survey in the 1-10 keV band with 30 arcsecond resolution. MPE/Garching and the Astrophysical Institute in Potsdam developed the scientific payload, a set of seven hard X-ray imaging telescopes with an X-ray CCD detector. The mission complemented MPE's existing all sky survey in the 0.1-2 keV soft band made by the ROSAT satellite.


Specification

Total Mass: 470 kg.


ABRIXAS Chronology


28 April 1999 ABRIXAS Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M. Mass: 470 kg. Perigee: 550 km. Apogee: 599 km. Inclination: 48.5 deg.

X-ray astronomy satellite with the mission to carry out an all-sky survey in the 1-10 keV band. The satellite's battery failed and contact was lost on May 1.



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