Active High-Energy Astrophysics Missions

  • AGILE - First and unique combination of a gamma-ray instrument and a hard X-ray imager. (2007 - present)
  • ART-XC - The Astronomical Roentgen Telescope- X-ray Concentrator is an X-ray grazing incidence mirror telescope array developed by the Russian Space Research Institute (IKI) and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics (VNIIEF), and operates over the energy range of 4-30 keV. (2019 - 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)
  • CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) - An experiment on the International Space Station that investigates possible nearby sources of high-energy electrons, galactic particle acceleration and propagation, and studies Gamma-ray Bursts. (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)
  • Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) High-energy gamma-ray observatory used to detect electrons and protons (5 GeV-10 TeV), aimed to identify possible Dark Matter signatures, and cosmic ray nuclei up to 100 TeV. (2015-present)
  • eROSITA - eROSITA will perform the first imaging all-sky survey in the medium energy X-ray range up to 10 keV with an unprecedented spectral and angular resolution. (2019 - 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)
  • HaloSat - CubeSat class mission designed to survey the distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way and constrain the mass and geometry of the Galactic halo. Energy range 0.4-7 keV (2018- present)
  • Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), named "Insight", is the China's first X-ray astronomy satellite aimed to scan the Galactic plane to find new transients, monitor variable sources and study the Gamma Ray Bursts. Energy 1-250 keV. (Launched on June 15, 2017, began science operations on January 30, 2018-present)
  • 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)
  • Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) [NASA] - 2-8 keV polarimeter with proportional counter resolution and sub-arcminute spatial resolution. (2021 - 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. (2017 - present)
  • 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)
  • PolarLight is a CubeSat mission to demonstrate the gas pixel detector (GPD) developed for high-sensitivity astronomical X-ray polarimetry. (2018- 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)
  • Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) - The primary science of the SRG mission is to carry out the first sensitive all sky-survey in the energy range 0.3-40 keV. The sky survey is mapped using two instruments: eROSITA covering the lower part on the band in the 0.3-10 keV range and the ART-XC operating in the 4-30 keV. (2019-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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