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20-12-2016 - Another round about the Sun

Message to X-IFU Consortium members:

2016 is coming to an end and looking back a lot has been accomplished by the X-IFU Consortium on all fronts. Implementing the Mission Consolidation Review recommendations, we now have a baseline configuration for the instrument, which is close to the ESA mass allocation. Thanks to the Concurrent Design Facility run on the Focal Plane Module held in October-November, we also have a  baseline configuration for the plateform which will host the two instruments and their thermal control systems. 

At mission level, we are given an additional two months to define a baseline which fits within the Ariane 64 lift off capability. Areas to make this possible have been clearly identified. Optimization of the payload/spacecraft configurations will likely be needed, but with the goal to preserve the performance capabilities of the mission. The phase A will proceed for at least another year.

Progresses are also being made on many of the technologies that will enable the X-IFU, as demonstrated during the first progress meeting. 

On the programmatic side, the two instrument leads and the Athena lead funding agencies have agreed on a draft science management plan. Consolidation of the member state and international contributions will receive more and more attention as we proceed, and this is expected to be a major activity for us in the months to come. 

As we move to 2017 (more than 3 years after the adoption of the Hot and Energetic Universe scientific theme already !), we would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and your friends a merry Christmas and also a happy new year of health and happiness. 

Thanks and all the best,
Didier and Thien

14-11-2016 - X-IFU November 2016 meetings

An X-IFU Consortium Management Team meeting will take place at IRAP on Nov. 22-23rd, 2016. It will be followed by the first X-IFU progress meeting to be held at CNES under the leader of the project team.

15-10-2016 - X-IFU Gazette #1

The X-IFU Gazette issue #1 - October 2016 has been released. Enjoy the reading !

22-09-2016 - Athena and X-IFU presentation

Latest Athena and X-IFU presentation given at the Breaking the limits conference in Sardinia (Italy, September 2016). Click here to see the Athena and X-IFU presentation. Contact Didier Barret for any inquiries.

19-08-2016 - X-IFU related SPIE 2016 papers available

23-07-2016 - SPIE 2016 X-IFU overview paper submitted

The SPIE paper was submitted to the SPIE digital proceedings. This is a rather large overview paper describing on where we stand in the middle of Phase A. Click here.

16-06-2016 - Group picture of the 4th X-IFU Consortium

 This is the group picture of Consortium Meeting #4.

The X-IFU Consortium meeting #4 group picture

20-05-2016 - Agenda of the 4th X-IFU consortium meeting

Please find here the agenda of the 4th X-IFU Consortium meeting to be held in Utrecht from May 23rd to May 25th, 2016 X-IFU_consortium_meeting_#4_23-05-2016

09-05-2016 - New X-IFU web site open

The new X-IFU web site, developed by Studio Urbain, released on May 11th, 2016. It is an evolution of the previous web site version.