Astrophysics

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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Winner of the Women Astronomer Infographic Contest

The result of the Women Astronomer Infographic contest to celebrate the International Day of Girls and Women in Science is out! The contest aimed to showcase the invaluable contributions of women astronomers through engaging infographics.

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People of X-IFU – Interview with Sophie BEAUMONT

Sophie Beaumont is a detection chain engineer in the optoelectronics department at CNES. In this interview, she explains her motivations and different roles and tasks within the project.

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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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Virtual Consortium Meeting #17 took place from November 20th to 22nd

From November 20 to 22, 178 men and women gathered online for the 17th meeting of the X-IFU consortium.

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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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