Vibration Isolation Design for the Micro-X Rocket Payload


Micro-X is a NASA-funded, sounding rocket-borne X-ray imaging spectrometer that will allow high precision measurements of velocity structure, ionization state and elemental composition of extended astrophysical systems. One of the biggest challenges in payload design is to maintain the temperature of the detectors during launch. There are several vibration damping stages to prevent energy transmission from the rocket skin to the detector stage, which causes heating during launch. Each stage should be more rigid than the outer stages to achieve vibrational isolation. We describe a major design effort to tune the resonance frequencies of these vibration isolation stages to reduce heating problems prior to the projected launch in the summer of 2014.

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Heine, S.N.T., Figueroa-Feliciano, E., Rutherford, J.M. et al. Vibration Isolation Design for the Micro-X Rocket Payload. J Low Temp Phys 176, 1082–1088 (2014).

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  • Vibration isolation
  • Transition-edge sensors
  • Sounding rockets
  • X-ray spectrometers