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AXAFAdvanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility
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While orbiting Earth, AXAF will produce ultrasharp images and high-resolution spectroscopy at low X-ray energies, ranging from 100 to 10,000 electronvolts.
AXAF carries two main cameras, the AXAF CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS), which has 10 chargecoupled devices (CCDs) akin to the chips used in camcorders, and the High Resolution Camera (HRC), which has microchannel-plate detectors developed specially for X-ray astronomy.
AXAF will also carry two transmission gratings, huge rings that pivot into place over the telescope's mirrors.
If AXAF is unsuccessful in '89, it will be back in '90, and that will get in the way of CRAF/Cassini.
The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISNFR 0000120628 - Bloomberg: CS FP - Reuters: AXAF.
The servicing mission to install new instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope later this year, the planned launch of the AXAF X-ray satellite in 1998, and the growth of millimeter- and submillimeter-wave astronomy should all continue to provide exciting new views of clusters across the spectrum.
The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR0000120628 - Bloomberg: CS FP - Reuters: AXAF.
When in orbit, the AXAF will be able to gather X-ray images from distant stars and galaxies and focus them with the precision equivalent to a golfer sinking a hole-in-one on a 75-year drive.
In addition to its work on SIM, the company is currently studying the architectures and technologies needed to implement several of NASA's future space astronomy missions, including the Next Generation Space Telescope, which is also part of the Origins program, and Constellation-X, the next major NASA X-ray mission after AXAF.
The AXAF thermal vacuum testing was a solid success," said Joanne Maguire, vice president and general manager of TRW's Space & Laser Programs Division.
BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 1997--NASA's Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) program has reached a major milestone with the delivery of the space observatory's central optical component to TRW (NYSE: TRW), the AXAF prime contractor.
moves AXAF prime contractor TRW (NYSE:TRW) one significant step closer to being ready to integrate the AXAF satellite.