- D-CIXS is a Demonstration of a Compact Imaging X-ray
Spectrometer selected as part of the payload for SMART-1, an ESA technology
demonstration mission to the Moon, due for launch on Aug 28 2003.
- Prof. Manuel Grande is the
Principal Investigator of D-CIXS, in the
Planets and Space Plasma
Group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
- D-CIXS employs radical new technology to greatly reduce the
mass and volume of the instrument. It will represent a new generation of x-ray
instruments for planetary observation.
- The main science goal of the instrument is to produce the
first global map of the surface of the Moon in X-rays.
- Also onboard will be an
Monitor (XSM), capable of monitoring the output of the Sun so that absolute
abundance measurements can be derived from the D-CIXS data.
- D-CIXS is also a demonstration of an instrument that would be
ideal for the BepiColombo cornerstone mission to Mercury.
- A list of principal contacts for D-CIXS/XSM can be found
- D-CIXS specific documents can be found
Find out more about:
The UK led team includes members from:
- Rutherford Appleton Lab, UK
- University of Helsinki, Finland
- University of Sheffield, UK
- Queen Mary and Westfield College, UK
- Natural History Museum, London, UK
- Max Planck Institut fur Aeronomie, Lindau, Germany
- Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna,
- Lab for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, USA
- Armagh Observatory, UK
- CESR, France
- OMP, France
- ISAS, Japan
- UPC, Spain
- GSFC, USA
- Metorex, Finland
- LANL, USA
Team List and Email Contact