26 October 2007 SuperAGILE ground calibrations and first in orbit observations
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The Italian small satellite mission AGILE has been launched the 23rd of April 2007. SuperAGILE is the solidstate hard X-ray imager of the mission. It is a coded-mask imager, with six arcmin angular resolution, a field of view in excess of 1 steradian, and a gross energy resolution. Ground calibration campaigns have been performed in the last year to optimize the detector response, for the energy calibration, to obtain the effective area at various angles for various energy bands, to study location accuracy and angular resolution. In this paper we report the preliminary results achieved. The AGILE satellite has just finished the first and larger part of its commissioning phase. SuperAGILE successfully passed the commissioning tests, and it is now in its final configuration. It is observing the X-ray sky since the end of June as a part of the Science Verification Phase. The in-flight calibrations has been started and will ended at the end of October. We show the first data obtained with the instrument in the first months of observations.
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L. Pacciani, L. Pacciani, E. Costa, E. Costa, E. Del Monte, E. Del Monte, G. Di Persio, G. Di Persio, I. Donnarumma, I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, Y. Evangelista, M. Feroci, M. Feroci, F. Lazzarotto, F. Lazzarotto, I. Lapshov, I. Lapshov, M. Mastropietro, M. Mastropietro, E. Morelli, E. Morelli, M. Rapisarda, M. Rapisarda, A. Rubini, A. Rubini, P. Soffitta, P. Soffitta, A. Argan, A. Argan, A. Bulgarelli, A. Bulgarelli, F. Gianotti, F. Gianotti, A. Lo Bue, A. Lo Bue, A. Morbidini, A. Morbidini, P. Rossi, P. Rossi, L. Semeraro, L. Semeraro, M. Trifoglio, M. Trifoglio, A. Trois, A. Trois, } "SuperAGILE ground calibrations and first in orbit observations", Proc. SPIE 6686, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XV, 668616 (26 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734550; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.734550
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