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A new Cryogenic Workshop and NASA’s 4-K Cooler contribution

A new cryogenic workshop, the first gathering of all the main parties in the newly reformulated X-IFU cooling chain, took place January 31st through February 2nd in Toulouse, at CNES.

A new Cryogenic Workshop and NASA’s 4-K Cooler contribution

A new cryogenic workshop, the first gathering of all the main parties in the newly reformulated X-IFU cooling chain, took place January 31st through February 2nd in Toulouse, at CNES.

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Focus on AVS, the company in charge of the X-IFU Dewar

Focus on AVS, the company in charge of the Dewar. Added Value Solutions, is a global SME established in 2006. Today AVS is one of the world’s leading companies specialized in the design and development of critical systems for Big Science.

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Delivery of the DRE DEMUX Demonstrator Model PCB at IRAP

The DRE De-multiplexing (DEMUX) Demonstrator Model (DM) printed circuit board (PCB) arrived at IRAP on January 15. It was designed by the DRE team at IRAP, with CAO-concept handling the layout and CIBEL the manufacturing. 

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Successful tests of the ADR control electronics

We’re delighted to share with you one of the latest news on the project’s progress. At the end of 2023, successful tests were carried out at CEA DSBT in Grenoble.

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Go-ahead for Athena

On Wednesday November 8, 2023, ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC) formally and unanimously approved the restart of industrial studies for the Athena mission, still considered as a flagship mission.

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The New X-IFU Configuration

Following the necessity to bring the ESA Cost at Completion below €1.3 billion, the Athena mission and the X-IFU have entered a reformulation phase in 2022.

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Investigating the building blocks of the Universe in X-rays

Image credit: © ESO The astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “We are made of stardust”. This is, to a large […]

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Detecting X-rays at IRAP

The test platform developed by IRAP and CNES in Toulouse is a key element of the demonstration of the detection […]

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Investigating outflowing gas around Supermassive black holes

All the galaxies in the Universe host a supermassive black hole of unknown origin at their center and the mass of the black hole…

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Witnessing the assembly of clusters of galaxies with the X-IFU

Clusters of galaxies are the largest bound astrophysical objects in the Universe. Located at the nodes of the cosmic web, […]

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Studying X-ray eclipses in active galactic nuclei with X-IFU

Active galactic nuclei (AGN) are bright compact regions located at the centres of some galaxies. These objects are powered by […]

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Bringing Athena compliant with the 7 keV effective area requirement

The Athena mirror will use an innovative technology called Silicon Pore Optics (SPO). The technology, combined with appropriate over coating, […]

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