Current Status of the BlackCAT CubeSat

Joseph M. Colosimo, Abraham D. Falcone, Mitchell Wages, Michael Betts, William A. Bevidas, Jacob C. Buffington, David N. Burrows, Zachary E. Catlin, Timothy Emeigh, Derek B. Fox, Hannah M. Grzybowski, Frederic Hancock, Evan C. Jennerjahn, Jordan Josties, David M. Palmer, Collin S. Reichard, Ana C. Scigliani, Lukas R. Stone, Ian Thornton, Daniel WashingtonMichael E. Zugger

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BlackCAT is a NASA CubeSat mission planned to be launch-ready in early 2025. Using a wide-field telescope, this 6U CubeSat will monitor the soft X-ray sky, searching for high-redshift gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), gravitational-wave counterparts, and other transient events. After detecting burst events, BlackCAT will be capable of transmitting rapid alerts to enable prompt follow-up observations. The instrument is composed of a coded-aperture telescope using an array of event-driven X-ray hybrid CMOS detectors (HCDs) in its focal plane. In this paper, we provide a brief update on the design and status of the mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund, Keri Hoadley
ISBN (Electronic)9781510665705
StatePublished - 2023
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII 2023 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2023Aug 22 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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