"Rolling and tumbling" - Status of the SuperAGILE experiment

E. Del Monte, E. Costa, G. Di Persio, I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, M. Ferocia, I. Lapshov, F. Lazzarotto, M. Mastropietro, E. Morelli, L. Pacciani, M. Rapisarda, A. Rubini, P. Soffitta, M. Tavani, A. Argan, A. Trois

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Abstract

The SuperAGILE experiment is the hard X-ray monitor of the AGILE mission. It is a 2 x one-dimensional imager, with 6-arcmin angular resolution in the energy range 18 - 60 keV and a field of view in excess of 1 steradian. SuperAGILE is successfully operating in orbit since Summer 2007, providing long-term monitoring of bright sources and prompt detection and localization of gamma-ray bursts. Starting on October 2009 the AGILE mission lost its reaction wheel and the satellite attitude is no longer stabilized. The current mode of operation of the AGILE satellite is a Spinning Mode, around the Sun-pointing direction, with an angular velocity of about 0.8 degree/s (corresponding to 8 times the SuperAGILE point spread function every second). In these new conditions, SuperAGILE continuously scans a much larger fraction of the sky, with much smaller exposure to each region. In this paper we review some of the results of the first 2.5 years of "standard" operation of SuperAGILE, and show how new implementations in the data analysis software allows to continue the hard X-ray sky monitoring by SuperAGILE also in the new attitude conditions. © 2010 SPIE.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

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ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/10 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Del Monte, E., Costa, E., Di Persio, G., Donnarumma, I., Evangelista, Y., Ferocia, M., ... Trois, A. (2010). "Rolling and tumbling" - Status of the SuperAGILE experiment. Paper presented at Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, United States. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858064