IXPE Calibration Files

This page contains a summary of the IXPE Calibration files which are currently in the Calibration Database (CALDB). The table links to the latest CALDB tar file and users can download it to install the IXPE CALDB locally.

Instructions for installing the CALDB for IXPE or other missions are available from the CALDB Installation page. The easiest way to access calibration data for IXPE or other HEASARC-supported missions is via remote access, which allows direct access the current HEASARC CALDB without having to install any calibration data locally.

Caldb access for IXPE requires the latest version of the caldb.config file (updated 20220314 or later) which is available at https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/FTP/caldb/software/tools. Please replace your current $CALDBCONFIG file with this updated version.

IXPE CalibrationRelease DateTar file
Latest CALDB XRT 20220314 Retrieve IXPE XRT caldb tar file
Latest CALDB GPD 20220314 Retrieve IXPE GPD caldb tar file

Latest News

  • IXPE archive is open! (14 Mar 2022)
    The HEASARC has opened the IXPE data archive. Currently, Cas A and Cen X-3 datasets are available.
  • IXPE first light image of Cas A! (14 Feb 2022)
    IXPE has released its first light image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A using data taken in January.
  • IXPE begins science operations. (13 Jan 2022)
    IXPE begins science operations with an observation of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.
  • IXPE boom successfully deployed. (16 Dec 2021)
    The IXPE spacecraft successfully deployed, positioning the mirrors 13 feet (4 meters) away from the instruments and is now ready for commissioning.
  • IXPE launch! (9 Dec 2021)
    The IXPE spacecraft successfully launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.