The HETE-2 Satellite
HETE-2, also known as the High Energy Transient Explorer is an international collaboration between USA, Japan, France, and Italy, headed by the Center for Space Research at MIT. It was successully launched with a Pegasus launcher, on October 9 2000 from the Kwajalein missile range facility, an atoll in the Pacific oceon.
HETE-2 is designed to detect and localize gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). The suite of instruments onboard will allow simultaneous observations of GRBs to be made in soft and medium X-ray and gamma-ray energies. HETE-2 will compute the location of the GRB and transmit the coordinates as soon as they are calculated. These coordinates will quickly be distributed to ground-based observers to allow detailed studies of the initial phases of GRBs. HETE-2 will also perform a survey of the X-ray sky.
Mission CharacteristicsLifetime : 9 October 2000 - (approx. 2 year mission)
Energy Range : 0.5-400 keV
All instruments will point in the anti-solar direction and share a common field of view of ~1.5 steradians.
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