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BeppoSAX U.S. Coordination Facility
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BeppoSAX Symposium n. 2

                           ITALIAN SPACE AGENCY  


Rome, September 15 1997

Dear Sir/Madam,

on behalf of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Netherland Agency
for Aerospace Programs (NIVR), I have the pleasure of inviting you to
take part in the BeppoSAX Astronomy Observation Program.

The attached ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY (AO2) concerns the second
round of proposals for the CORE PROGRAM (proposals due by November
14,1997 ) and the GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM (Proposals due by January

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very successful
and profitable participation in the BeppoSAX observation program.


                                             Giovanni F.Bignami

                                             Science Director, ASI



Rome, September 15 1997

Dear Colleague,

the operational phase of BeppoSAX covering the observation of the
Target list approved in the AO-1 round is expected to be completed by
February 1998.

This letter is to inform you about the opportunity to submit proposals
to the:

                      BeppoSAX CORE PROGRAM (CP)

and to the:

                      BeppoSAX GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM (GOP)

for the second year of operations covering the period 
March 1 1998 - February 28 1999.

For this period the Core Program covers 60% of the available observing
time, while the Guest Observers Program covers 40% of the available
observing time.

Proposals to participate in the BeppoSAX observing programs should be
prepared and submitted following the instructions given in the
documents " BeppoSAX Announcement of Opportunity AO-2 for Core Program
and Guest Observer Program" and "BeppoSAX Observers` Handbook" with
its "Addendum".

Deadlines for proposal submission are:

             BeppoSAX  CP AO-2  ====>> November 14 1997

             BeppoSAX  GOP AO-2  ====>> January 20 1998

Each proposal will be evaluated by the BeppoSAX Time Allocation

CP proposals will be selected first and the list of approved CP targets
will be available around mid December 1997.

The list of approved GOP targets will be available within the end of
February 1998.

Successful proponents are expected to receive the necessary financial
support from their home institutions or national agency.

I would appreciate if you could circulate this Announcement to all
interested colleagues within your institution.

                                    Yours sincerely,

                                    Livio Scarsi

                                    Chairman of the SSSC


Dear Colleague, 

the documentation regarding the BeppoSAX AO2 for the Core and Guest
Observer Programs is available on-line from the SAX SDC anonymous ftp


cd pub/sax/doc/ao2

or from any of its mirrors:


cd pub/sax/doc/ao2


cd sax/ao_info/ao2

Frequently updated information is available from the BeppoSAX SDC web pages:

The SAX Observers' Handbook (SOH) and its Addendum are available from the
same sites:


cd pub/sax/doc/handbook



cd pub/sax/doc/handbook



cd sax/ao_info/handbook

The SAX AO2 Proposal templates (proposal.txt for NFI and WFC,
proposal_nfi.txt for NFI, proposal_wfc.txt for WFC) can be retrieved from the
above sites and compiled using any text editor or using a WWW tool 
available at the following URL:

A help page for the usage of this tool is located :

The Proposal templates can also be obtained by sending an E-mail to with the following text:

get saxpi proposal_nfi.txt


get saxpi proposal_wfc.txt


get saxpi proposal.txt

This will generate an automatic reply with the required Proposal template.

The AO1 approved CP and GO pointing list and the corresponding
abstracts can be accessed from the SDC WWW interface and its mirror:

The list of approved observations is also available via

The CP and GO AO1 pointing list can also be accessed in any of the
following ways:

anonymous ftp:




cd pub/sax/doc/ao1

get ao1_cp.targets

get ao1_gop.targets



cd sax/timelines

get ao1_cp.targets

get ao1_gop.targets


sending an e-mail to with the following text:
get saxpi ao1_cp+gop.targets
This will generate an automatic reply with an ascii version of the

List of performed observations is available on line by www at the following

Questions concerning the AO and the BeppoSAX mission in general
can be submitted via e-mail to:


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                                      Yours Sincerely,

				Luigi Piro     BeppoSAX Mission Scientist 
				Paolo Giommi   BeppoSAX SDC  
			 	Fabrizio Fiore BeppoSAX SDC 
					on behalf of
					the BeppoSAX Team