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Suzaku News #077: Status of Suzaku

Status of Suzaku

The power output of the solar panels on-board Suzaku has been degrading
more or less as predicted during the >7 years in orbit.  Recently, it
has reached a level at which operations are being affected.  As a
countermeasure, all non-critical hardware has been turned off, or
will be shortly.  The observing window has been reduced from Sun angle
range of 65-110 deg to 70-110 deg, and further adjustments may become

Even with these countermeasures, the continued degradation is expected
to reach a critical level probably sometime during the remainder of
the AO-7 period (Apr 2012-Mar 2013).  At that point, the next step
will be to partially turn off the science instruments.

The Suzaku team still intend to issue an AO-8 call for proposals for
observations beyond April 2013, with a proposal deadline of Friday,
November 16.  However, changes will be made in the parameters of
allowed proposals given the current situation.  The call for proposals
will be released on or around October 1, reflecting the most
up-to-date status of Suzaku and the extrapolated performance
available at that time.

The team continues to study the situation carefully and adopt
any and all countermeasures to keep Suzaku operational for as long as