Upcoming and Recently Launched High Energy Astrophysics Missions

  • ASTROSAT [India's first multiwavelength astronomy satellite] - 0.3-80 keV (imaging), 10-150 keV (coded mask), 2-10 keV All-Sky monitor [More] (Launched on September 28, 2015)

  • Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) [Chinese satellite for high-energy gamma-ray, electron and cosmic rays detection] - will measure electrons and photons with much higher energy resolution and energy reach than achievable with existing space experiments in order to identify possible Dark Matter signatures, and will also advance the understanding of the origin and propagation mechanism of high energy cosmic rays, as well make new discoveries in high energy gamma astronomy (Launched on December 17, 2015)

  • Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) [China] - 3-30 keV (imaging), 20-200 keV (direct demodulation imaging) [More] (Launched on June 15, 2017)

  • Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) [NASA] - 2-8 keV polarimeter with proportional counter resolution and sub-arcminute spatial resolution (Late 2020)

  • Lomonosov [Russian UHE Cosmic Ray and GRB Mission] - includes gamma-ray burst detector and cosmic ray instrument [More] (Launched on April 28, 2016)

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

  • Spectrum-Roengten-Gamma (SRG) [Russian/German soft and hard X-ray mission] - includes eROSITA X-ray (0.5-10 keV) telescope (all-sky survey, then pointed observations) [More] (Spring 2018)

  • Space-based astronomical Variable Object Monitor (SVOM) [Sino-French GRB mission] - a 4-150 keV coded-mask telescope, a non-imaging gamma-ray (50 keV - 5 MeV) spectrometer, an optical telescope and a microchannel X-ray (0.2 - 10 keV) telescope with a lobster-eye optic (2021)


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