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The DXL and LXT Sounding rockets

Presentation #103.51 in the session Missions and Instruments.

Published onJul 01, 2023
The DXL and LXT Sounding rockets

The Diffuse X-rays from the Local galaxy (DXL) is a sounding rocket mission dedicated to the study of solar wind charge exchange (SWCX) and local hot bubble properties (LHB). It was successfully launched four times, with the last launch in January 2022 from Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) using a sealed payload and water recovery. The Lobster-eye X-ray Telescope (LXT) is a proposed mission that uses micropore (or lobster eye) optics coupled with CCD detectors in a compact, wide field telescope. Mission design was funded under the same APRA grand funding DXL. Micropore optics have already been flown as piggyback instrument (coupled with microchannel plates) and tested on the ground as part of the previous DXL program. LXT will be the first instrument to fly them coupled with CCD detectors to provide energy resolution. In this paper we will present results from last DXL launch and discuss the science goals, technical details, and instrument design of the new LXT instrument.

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