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Hitomi (ASTRO-H) x-ray astronomy satellite.

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Megan and Ursino, Eugenio and Vries, Cor P. de and Wada, Atsushi and Watanabe, Shin and Watanabe, Tomomi and Werner, Norbert and Wik, Daniel R. and Wilkins, Dan R. and Williams, Brian J. and Yamada, Shinya and Yamada, Takahiro and Yamaguchi, Hiroya and Yamaoka, Kazutaka and Yamasaki, Noriko Y. and Yamauchi, Makoto and Yamauchi, Shigeo and Yaqoob, Tahir and Yatsu, Yoichi and Yonetoku, Daisuke and Yoshida, Atsumasa and Yuasa, Takayuki and Zhuravleva, Irina and Zoghbi, Abderahmen (2018) 'Hitomi (ASTRO-H) x-ray astronomy satellite.', Journal of astronomical telescopes, instruments, and systems., 4 (02).


The Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission is the sixth Japanese x-ray astronomy satellite developed by a large international collaboration, including Japan, USA, Canada, and Europe. The mission aimed to provide the highest energy resolution ever achieved at E  >  2  keV, using a microcalorimeter instrument, and to cover a wide energy range spanning four decades in energy from soft x-rays to gamma rays. After a successful launch on February 17, 2016, the spacecraft lost its function on March 26, 2016, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the onboard instruments and the spacecraft system, including astrophysical results obtained from first light observations. The paper describes the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission, its capabilities, the initial operation, and the instruments/spacecraft performances confirmed during the commissioning operations for about a month.

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Date accepted:05 February 2018
Date deposited:02 August 2018
Date of first online publication:13 March 2018
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