Vibration Isolation Design for the Micro-X Rocket Payload


Micro-X is a NASA-funded sounding rocket-borne X-ray imaging spectrometer designed to enable high precision measurements of extended astrophysical systems. To perform high energy resolution measurements and capture unprecedented spectra of supernova remnants and galaxy clusters, Micro-X must maintain tight temperature control. One of the biggest challenges in payload design is to prevent heating of the detectors due to the vibrational loads on the rocket skin during launch. Several stages of vibration damping systems are implemented to prevent energy transmission from the rocket skin to the detector stage, each stage more rigid than the last. We describe recent redesign efforts to improve this vibration isolation by tuning the resonant frequencies of the various stages to minimize heating prior to the projected launch in 2016.

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Danowski, M.E., Heine, S.N.T., Figueroa-Feliciano, E. et al. Vibration Isolation Design for the Micro-X Rocket Payload. J Low Temp Phys 184, 597–603 (2016).

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