Gallery

Videos

frame from animation Short animation of the pointing system [avi | QT]
frame from animation NICER operations: NICER is shown at faster than real time tracking pulsars with slews between targets.  Notice that the solar panels are tracking the Sun and appear fixed in the sky relative to the stars. [QT | MP4]
frame from animation NICER also enables an exciting technology demonstration in which millisecond pulsars are used as precise clocks, analogous to the atomic clocks on GPS satellites, to determine a spacecraft's position in the galaxy.  Future travels into the outer Solar system and beyond will use this Pulsar Navigation technique to plot out the voyage. [QT |MP4]
frame from animation Animation of deploying and tracking [MP4]
frame from animation Animation of the pointing system [MP4]

Slides

NICER Science Overview