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Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) X-ray and Cryogenic facility (XRCF) Mirror Module Calibration and Testing

ATHENA MSFC XRCF and Goddard Space Flight Center Science Team successfully conducted an Engineering Peer Review (EPR) 6/8-9/22.  The EPR scope was to assess the current metrology approach and design of the Mirror Assembly Module Demonstrator (MAMD) Phase III testing.  …

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Calibration of Boston University Lunar Environment Heliospheric X-ray Imager (LEXI) X-ray Telescope at the Marshall 100-Meter X-ray Beamline/Stray Light Test Facility

Nicholas Thomas (ST12/LEXI Co-Investigator), Wayne Baumgartner (ST12), and Stephen Cheney (ES23) hosted and participated in the successful, full telescope, calibration of the LEXI at the Marshall 100-Meter X-ray Beamline/Stray Light Test Facility. LEXI’s Principle Investigator, Boston University’s Professor Brian Walsh, …

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Advanced Telescope for high Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) X-ray and Cryogenic Facility (XRCF) Mirror Module Calibration and Testing

On-site visit by Moog CSA Engineering occurred 5/3-5/22 for the operational health assessment of the Center of Curvature Optical Bench (CoCOB) hexapod.  Activities included visual inspections, power-on and execution of homing procedures to test the hexapod range, accuracy and resolution …

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Publication in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments and Systems

“Precision thermal control technology to enable thermally stable telescopes,” by Thomas E. Brooks and H. Philip Stahl has been published in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments and Systems (JATIS) http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.8.2.024001.  The paper summarizes results from the Precision Thermal Control …

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Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) X-ray and Cryogenic Facility (XRCF) Mirror Module Calibration and Testing

The Kickoff for Moog Contract on 4/11/2022 for the Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) and Metrology Motion Control Systems (MMCS) Final Design, Fabrication, AI&T, and Commissioning. This effort is in support of the European Space Agency (ESA)/NASA Marshall Space Flight …

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Article Highlighting The APD Predictive Thermal Control (PTC) Project Posted to the SMD Technology Webpage

An article featuring the APD Predictive Thermal Control (PTC) project was posted to the SMD Technology webpage at https://science.nasa.gov/technology/technology-highlights/controlling-the-temperature-of-telescope-mirrors-to-search-for-earth-like-planets . IT is also highlighted on the NASA Science Home Page (https://science.nasa.gov/) in the “Latest Science News” section. It will also be …

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