cosine SPO featured in ARCUS proposal selected by NASA

On 9 August 2017 NASA issued a press release announcing that ARCUS was one of the three Medium Explorer (MIDEX) proposals selected by the 2016 NASA Astrophysics Explorers Program. cosine 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. The ARCUS proposal will receive $2 million to conduct a nine month mission concept study.

Max Collon, Managing Director of cosine, comments: ”This is very exciting news. We have enjoyed working on this proposal with Randall Smith, principal investigator of the ARCUS proposal, and the team he has assembled. We are looking forward to a successful mission concept study!”

Excerpt from the NASA press release:
The proposals were selected based on potential science value and feasibility of development plans. After concept studies and detailed evaluations, one of each mission type will be selected by 2019 to proceed with construction and launch. The earliest launch date would be in 2022. Medium-Class Explorer mission costs are capped at $250 million each, excluding the launch vehicle, and Mission of Opportunity costs are capped at $70 million each.

“The Explorers Program brings out some of the most creative ideas for missions to help unravel the mysteries of the universe,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The program has resulted in great missions that have returned transformational science, and these selections promise to continue that tradition.”

Click here to read our earlier news item about ARCUS.