STAR-X

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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29 Aug 2022
Penn State University Press Release on STAR-X
STAR-X, a proposed space mission that includes Penn State astronomer Niel Brandt, is one of two proposed missions selected by the NASA Explorers Program to receive $3 million for a nine-month detailed study of mission requirements.
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24 Aug 2022
University of Utah Press Release on STAR-X
NASA has selected four mission proposals submitted to the agency's Explorers Program for further study. U astrophysicist Dan Wik is a member of the STAR-X Proposal Team, one of the two Astrophysics Medium Explorer missions selected by NASA for further study.
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18 Aug 2022
STAR-X is Selected for Phase A Study
NASA has selected four mission proposals submitted to the agency's Explorers Program for further study. The proposals include missions that would study exploding stars, distant clusters of galaxies, and nearby galaxies and stars.
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