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Detailed information about XTE satellite

Designator id: 1995-074A

Description of XTE Satellite:

The X-Ray Timing Explorer (XTE) mission has the primary objective to study the temporal and broad-band spectral phenomena associated with stellar and galactic systems containing compact objects in the energy range 2--200 KeV, and in time scales from microseconds to years. The scientific instruments consists of two pointed instruments, the Proportional Counter Array (PCA) and the High-Energy X-ray Timing Experiment (HEXTE), and the All Sky Monitor (ASM), which scans over 70% of the sky each orbit. All of the XTE observing time will be available to the international scientific community through a peer review of submitted proposals. XTE uses a new spacecraft design that allows flexible operations through rapid pointing, high data rates, and nearly continuous receipt of data at the Science Operations Center at Goddard Space Flight Center via a Multiple Access link to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). XTE is highly maneuverable with a slew rate of greater than 6 degrees per minute. The PCA/HEXTE can be pointed anywhere in the sky to an accuracy of less than 0.1 degree, with an aspect knowledge of around 1 arc-minute. Rotatable solar panels enable anti-sunward pointing to coordinate with ground-based night-time observations. Two pointable high gain antennas maintain nearly continuous communication with the TDRSS. This, together with 1 GB (approximately four orbits) of on-board solid-state data storage, give added flexibility in scheduling observations.


Technical data:

Launch Date: 1995-12-30
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 3200.0 kg
Nominal Power: 800.0 W
Funding Agencies:

NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)

Disciplines:

Astronomy

Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 23757U 95074A   12339.15602511  .00004321  00000-0  10460-3 0  7855
2 23757 022.9900 332.4138 0006686 090.5749 269.5532 15.36166026939944

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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