Active High-Energy Astrophysics Missions

  • AGILE - First and unique combination of a gamma-ray instrument and a hard X-ray imager. (2007 - present)

  • AstroSat - India's first multiwavelength astronomy satellite, with significant X-ray capabilities: 0.3-80 keV (imaging), 10-150 keV (coded mask) and 2-10 keV (all-sky monitor). (2015 - present)

  • Chandra - Satellite is in 64-hour highly eccentric Earth orbit and has an unprecedented sub-arcsecond X-ray imaging capability as well as both medium-resolution CCDs and high-resolution gratings. (1999 - present)

  • Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope - Gamma-ray observatory studies the cosmos in the 30 MeV to 10 GeV range with unprecedented sensitivity and spatial resolution. (2008 - present)

  • Hitomi (formerly Astro-H) - First satellite to observe with a new type of X-ray spectrometer, the X-ray micro-calorimeter, and other instruments covering a broad energy range from 0.3 to 600 keV. (2016)

  • INTEGRAL - The International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory covers a wide range of X-ray and gamma-ray energies from 3 keV to 10 MeV with high spectral and spatial resolution. (2002 - present)

  • MAXI - A soft X-ray all-sky monitor on board the International Space Station which, when it discovers an X-ray transient, can issue an alert to observers world-wide within 30 seconds. (2009 - present)

  • NICER - The Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR is an observatory on the ISS that has large-effective-area concentrator optics in the soft X-ray band, with sub-microsecond timing capability [More] (Launched on June 3, 2017)

  • NuSTAR - The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array is the first focusing medium- to high-energy (5 - 80 keV) X-ray mission with sub-arcminute angular resolution and <= 1.2 keV spectral resolution (2012 - present)

  • Swift Gamma-Ray Burst mission - The satellite is capable of an autonomous spacecraft response when a GRB is detected, enabling it to obtain accurate position estimates within minutes of the events and to conduct prompt follow-up multiwavelength (X-ray, UV and optical) observations. (2004 - present)

  • XMM-Newton - An X-ray observatory in a 48-hour highly eccentric Earth orbit with a very large collecting area and both medium-resolution CCDs and high-resolution gratings as well as the capability to conduct simultaneous X-ray & optical observations. (1999 - present)


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