The BeppoSAX Mission
(1996 - 2002)
SAX was a program of the
Italian Space Agency (ASI) with participation
Netherlands Agency for Aerospace programs (NIVR).
The mission was supported
by a consortium of institutes in Italy together with
institutes in the Netherlands , and the
Space Science Department of ESA.
The acronym SAX stands for "Satellite per Astronomia
italian for "X-Ray Astronomy Satellite". SAX was
launched on April 30 1996 and renamed BeppoSAX in honor of
Giuseppe "Beppo" Occhialini.
Due to the poor and degrading spacecraft conditions
and to the rapid orbital decay, all in-orbit operations of the BeppoSAX mission
ended on April 30 2002. BeppoSAX re-entered on April 29, 2003.
The BeppoSAX U.S. Coordination Facility (USCF) was
established at the
in February 1997 with the main aim to provide a BeppoSAX archive in US.
This facility worked closely with the BeppoSAX Science Data Center (SDC)
in Rome. In addition, it provided basic support to the US astronomical
community for proposal preparation and the exploitation of the SAX data.
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