BeppoSAX - Satellite per Astronomia X
The X-ray astronomy satellite
(Satellite per Astronomia X, "Beppo" in honor of
was launched from Cape Canaveral Base by an Atlas G-Centaur
on April 30 1996 at 4:31 GMT, into a circular equatorial orbit of 3.9 deg
inclination and 600 km altitude.
The scientific payload comprised four Narrow Field Instruments
(LECS, MECS, HPGSPC, PDS), one Gamma Ray Burst Monitor,
and two Wide Field Cameras; such a payload resulted in a wide spectral coverage,
ranging from 0.1 to 300 keV.
Our Institute (as IFCAI) played a primary rôle in
the definition, design, realization and scientific responsibility
of two telescopes on board BeppoSAX,
(High Pressure Gas Scintillation Proportional Counter)
(Medium Energy Concentrator/Spectrometer), this last one
in collaboration with the IFCTR Institute (now IASF-Milano).
Moreover, our Institute contributed to the definition of the
BeppoSAX data analysis system, and participated
to the scientific management of the mission and to the
definition of its observing program.
Furthermore, almost all the scientists at IFCAI
were strongly involved in the scientific analysis of the BeppoSAX
observational data and a consistent number of scientific publications
has been produced.
As planned, on April 30 2002 at 13:38 GMT, after six years of active life,
the BeppoSAX spacecraft has been permanently
switched-off, terminating all in-orbit operations.
This does not mean that no more work must be done:
during its six years of active life BeppoSAX performed
nearly 1500 observations of most classes of cosmic sources.
Nowadays, as in the past, the IASF-Palermo scientists are continuing
the work of data reduction and analysis; topics of interest mainly are:
(for more details about the satellite and the mission, please visit the
BeppoSAX Official web Site)
Gamma Ray Bursts
Almost all the IASF-Palermo has been or is today involved in
BeppoSAX with different commitments and tasks; in particular:
Giancarlo Cusumano |
Stefano Del Sordo |
Giacomo Fazio |
Salvo Giarrusso |
Giovanni La Rosa |
Cettina Maccarone |
Teresa Mineo ||
Luciano Nicastro |
Santina Piraino |
Bruno Sacco |
Andrea Santangelo |
Livio Scarsi |
Alberto Segreto |
Guido Vizzini |
Last Modification: Thursday, December 10 2009