HaloSat: A CubeSat to Study the Hot Galactic Halo

P. Kaaret, A. Zajczyk, D. M. LaRocca, R. Ringuette, J. Bluem, W. Fuelberth, H. Gulick, K. Jahoda, T. E. Johnson, D. L. Kirchner, D. Koutroumpa, K. D. Kuntz (+4 others)
2019 Astrophysical Journal  
HaloSat is a small satellite (CubeSat) designed to map soft X-ray oxygen line emission across the sky in order to constrain the mass and spatial distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way. The goal of HaloSat is to help determine if hot gas gravitationally bound to individual galaxies makes a significant contribution to the cosmological baryon budget. HaloSat was deployed from the International Space Station in July 2018 and began routine science operations in October 2018. We describe the goals
more » ... nd design of the mission, the on-orbit performance of the science instrument, and initial observations.
doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab4193 fatcat:2chgiwi3xbdptiwviyxseb7cqe