cosine SPO featured in ARCUS proposal for NASA

On 8 February 2017, Dr Randall Smith, senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, gave a lunch presentation for the High Energy Astrophysics Division titled ARCUS: exploring the formation and evolution of clusters, galaxies and stars. ARCUS is a free flying satellite mission, for which a proposal has recently been submitted to the 2016 NASA EO call/MIDEX, including a high resolution X-ray grating spectrometer.

cosine has contributed to the ARCUS proposal by supplying Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) modules, of the kind which cosine has developed in close collaboration with ESA/ESTEC for the ATHENA mission. At minute 15:30 of the presentation there is a slide showing a schematic overview, including the planned use of the SPO modules. Dr Smith mentions several advantages of using SPO modules supplied by cosine: they meet the requirements for ARCUS and the cost and delivery schedule are clear, which results in “a very simple and pleasant arrangement”.

Click here to view the presentation given by Randall Smith.