Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

The First Two Flights of the Micro-X Rocket

Jul 25, 2019, 12:45 PM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector Applications Orals LM 004


Noemie Bastidon (Northwestern University)


Micro-X sounding rocket X-ray space telescope was launched for the first time on the night of the 22nd July 2018 from the White Sand Missile Range (New Mexico, USA). It successfully pioneered the first flight of a Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) array and its time multiplexing read-out system in space. This launch was dedicated to the observation of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. However, a rocket software glitch during the flight led to a failure of the pointing system resulting in no time on target. A re-flight of the sounding rocket is scheduled for September 2019. Results from the first flight as well as modifications for the second will be presented.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) N
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary author

Noemie Bastidon (Northwestern University)


Antonia Hubbard (Northwestern University) Carl Reintsema (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dr Caroline Kilbourne (NASA-GSFC) Dr D. McCammon (University of Wisconsin) David Goldfinger Prof. E. Figueroa-Feliciano (Northwestern University) Dr Frederick, S. Porter (NASA-GSFC) Gene Hilton (NIST-Boulder) Dr Joseph S. Adams (NASA-GSFC / UMBC) Dr M.E. Danowski (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island USA) Megan Eckart (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Dr P. Serlemitsos (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Dr P. Wikus (Bruker BioSpin AG) R. Baker (NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA) Renee Manzagol-Harwood (Northwestern University) Dr Richard, L Kelley (NASA-GSFC) Dr S.N.T. Heine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Dr Simon, R. Bandler (NASA-GSFC) Stephen Smith (NASA GSFC / UMBC) Dr T. Okajima (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Dr William Doriese (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

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