Grating design for the Water Recovery X-ray Rocket

Drew M. Miles, Randall L. McEntaffer, Benjamin D. Donovan, James H. Tutt, Tyler Steiner, Christopher R. Hillman, Jake A. McCoy, Ningxiao Zhang

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The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRXR) is a sounding rocket payload that launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in April 2018 and was the first NASA astrophysics sounding rocket payload to be recovered from water. WRXR's primary instrument is a grating spectrometer that consists of a mechanical collimator, X-ray reflection gratings, grazing-incidence mirrors, and a hybrid CMOS detector. We present here the design of the WRXR spectrometer's gratings and mirrors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsShouleh Nikzad, Jan-Willem A. Den Herder, Kazuhiro Nakazawa
ISBN (Print)9781510619517
StatePublished - 2018
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

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


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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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