SITAEL technology launched on board of the ASTRO-H satellite

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SITAEL technology will contribute to exploration of the Universe within the JAXA/ESA programme ASTRO-H. This powerful orbiting observatory will study extreme high-energy processes, such as x-ray emitted by plasma in clusters of galaxies, jets of matter in extreme gravitational fields near black holes, supernova remnants and very high-energy production in active galaxies nuclei.

ASTRO-H Mission explained

February 17, 2016 – ASTRO-H is the next Japanese X-ray mission, started on February 17, 2016 at 8.45 – 9.30 (GMT), with an operational lifetime of 5 years.

ASTRO-H will provide unique measurements in a number of astrophysical fields. The Satellite will cover a large energy range utilizing the following suite of instruments:

  • The Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS);
  • The Soft X-ray Imager (SXI);
  • The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI);
  • The Soft Gamma-ray Detector (SGD).

The SITAEL contribution to the ASTRO-H Mission was focused into design, development and manufacturing of the High Voltage Power Supplies (HVPS) to be used in the Soft Gamma ray Detector (SGD), in the Hard X-ray Imager (HXI) and in the Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS).

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