NASA´s rocket experiment linked to X-ray project was successful

Part of the X-ray project aimed at the development of a new X-ray telescope for space applications has been successfully completed. X- ray telescope was tested both on VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellites currently orbiting the Earth, as well as on suborbital NASA rocket.

The aim of the project was to develop a progressive X-ray telescope using new materials. One of the tasks was to test the new Multi Foil Optics (MFO) in space under QB50 mission on the VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite, which is on Earth's orbit since June 2017. The objective was to increase the efficiency of the Timepix detector used in combination with the MFO for X-ray energy of 3-30 keV and to ensure the transfer of photo-type data from the nanosatellite pixel sensor by means of a ground receiving and transmitting station.

In addition to verifying functionality on the VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite, the new X-ray telescope became part of the NASA rocket experiment within the US Pennsylvania University project. The rocket experiment was conducted in USA on 4th April 2018 and was focused on verifying the optical system for searching for X-ray objects in space. This experiment consisted of a short parabolic test flight, in which scientific instruments reach space for just a few minutes to perform experiments. Then the science equipment landed in the sea. The proven X-ray telescope system will be used to search X-ray objects in space.

The X - ray project was led by Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe and the following institutions participated: VZLU, CTU UTEF, HVM Plasma and West Bohemian University in Pilsen. Over the course of the project, three dozen results have been produced including function samples, protected utility models and publications in scientific journal and conference proceedings.

The project TA04011295 - Wide Angle X-ray Imaging System with Timepix Detector (2014-2017) was run with the financial support of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.