Upcoming High Energy Astrophysics Missions

  • Astro-H (formerly known as NeXT) [6th Japanese X-ray astronomy mission] - 0.3-80 keV (imaging), 50-300 keV (non-imaging), 0.3-10 keV high-resolution (ΔE ~ 4.5 eV) spectroscopy [More] (Early 2016)
  • ASTROSAT [India's first multiwavelength astronomy satellite] - 0.3-80 keV (imaging), 10-150 keV (coded mask), 2-10 keV All-Sky monitor [More] (Launched on September 28, 2015)
  • Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) [Chinese satellite for high-energy gamma-ray, electron and cosmic rays detection] - will measure electrons and photons with much higher energy resolution and energy reach than achievable with existing space experiments in order to identify possible Dark Matter signatures, and will also advance the understanding of the origin and propagation mechanism of high energy cosmic rays, as well make new discoveries in high energy gamma astronomy (November 2015)
  • Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) [China]- 3-30 keV (imaging), 20-200 keV (direct demodulation imaging) [More] (Mid to Late 2016)
  • Lomonosov [Russian UHE Cosmic Ray and GRB Mission] - includes gamma-ray burst detector and cosmic ray instrument [More] (2015 or later)
  • Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) [NASA] - concentrator optics, sub-microsecond timing payload for ISS [More] (August 2016)
  • Spectrum-Roengten-Gamma (SRG) [Russian/German soft and hard X-ray mission] - includes eROSITA X-ray (0.5-10 keV) telescope (all-sky survey, then pointed observations) [More] (December 2016)
  • Space-based astronomical Variable Object Monitor (SVOM) [Sino-French GRB mission] - a 4-150 keV coded-mask telescope, a non-imaging gamma-ray (50 keV - 5 MeV) spectrometer, an optical telescope and a microchannel X-ray (0.2 - 10 keV) telescope with a lobster-eye optic (2021)

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