Meet IXO scientists at Explore@NASA Goddard on Saturday, May 14, 11am – 5pm rain or shine.
Presentations for the IXO Science Team Meeting, held on March 14–16, 2011 in Rome, are available for download
Mike Garcia´s talk "IXO Absolute Astrometry Requirements" is available for download.
IXO will take part in the AAS # 217 meeting held on January 9—13, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Please come by to see us at our booth # 218.
New IXO response matrices are available for download »
The Decadal report recommends IXO as one of three defined flight missions. Read more »
Randall Smith gave a talk on "The Potential of Future X-ray Missions" at the Accretion Processes Workshop
An Update on IXO
From Nick White and Jay Bookbinder
April 8, 2011
US IXO Team,
This is an update on the discussions with the European Space Agency (ESA) at the recent ESA-NASA bilateral meeting. This was reported by Jon Morse (HQ Astrophysics Division Director), first, to the IXO and LISA teams on Tuesday, and then, at the Astrophysics NASA Advisory Committee (NAC) sub-committee meeting on Thursday afternoon.
IXO was one of three candidates competing for the L1 opportunity in ESA´s Cosmic Vision Program (2015-2025). The Astrophysics and Planetary decadal rankings and NASA´s constrained out-year resources projected in the President's FY12 budget request led ESA to conclude that none of the three mission concepts were feasible within the Cosmic Vision L1 schedule. Consequently, ESA has ended consideration of IXO and the other concepts as partnerships at the scale proposed in the New Worlds New Horizons decadal survey (NWNH) and EJSM/Laplace in Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science.
Instead, ESA has begun a rapid definition effort that includes the formation of a new science team (to be announced shortly). That effort will identify science goals and a mission concept that can be implemented as part of an ESA-led mission launching in the early 2020´s for a cost to ESA of about 800M Euro. Revised mission concepts from the three science areas will be considered in a selection process tentatively foreseen in February 2012.
A future minor role for NASA in the new ESA-led X-ray mission, in particular contributions at the instrument level, has not been ruled out. NASA will participate in the new ESA science team through a "NASA HQ-empowered scientist." This will be a NASA civil servant scientist who will be the conduit for any engagement with the new ESA team.
Currently the decadal survey recommendations are centered on the IXO (and LISA) concept and partnerships. NASA HQ will NOT disband the current NASA IXO (and LISA) teams immediately, but will follow a deliberate path towards redirecting the NASA efforts in the context of the decadal survey recommendations. Read more »
IXO Astro2010 Decadal submissions available here.
Recent Technology Milestones
The XPOL team is continuing to investigate how different gas mixtures impact on the sensitivity of the X-ray polarimeter on-board of IXO. Read more »
International X-ray Observatory (IXO) Assessment Study Report for the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015—2025,