Survey and Time-domain Astrophysical Research eXplorer

What is STAR-X?: X-ray Telescope + UV Telescope + Rapidly-Responding Spacecraft

STAR-X is a MIDEX mission proposed to NASA in December 2021. Comprising an X-ray telescope (XRT) provided by GSFC and MIT, a UV telescope (UVT) provided by the University of Colorado, and a spacecraft (SC) provided by Ball Aerospace, STAR-X is designed to conduct time-domain surveys and to respond rapidly to transient events discovered by other observatories such as LIGO, Rubin LSST, Roman WFIRST, and SKA.

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07 Apr 2023
Recording of STAR-X Special Session at HEAD Meeting Available
A recording of the session, plus associated slides and posters have been made available on the events page.
14 Feb 2023
UMBC Partners on STAR-X, a $3M NASA Mission Concept Study Through the CRESST II Research Consortium<
UMBC researchers are partnering on STAR-X, a nine-month mission concept study investigating black holes, galaxy clusters, and often-elusive transient cosmic events like supernova explosions. STAR-X stands for Survey and Time-domain Astrophysical Research Explorer. It is one of two Explorer missions to receive $3 million from NASA for this concept phase, before NASA selects one in 2024 to proceed with implementation, targeted for launch in 2028.
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28 Nov 2022
Northwestern University Press Release on STAR-X
NASA has selected STAR-X, a space mission proposed to the agency's Explorer program that includes Northwestern University astrophysicists Vicky Kalogera, Wen-Fai Fong and Charlie Kilpatrick, as one of two finalists to launch a research facility into space in 2028.
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