NASA and its Japanese counterpartÂ JAXA will collaborate on the development of an orbiting X-ray astronomy telescope in an effort toÂ replace an astronomy spacecraft thatÂ malfunctioned in orbit last year, Space News reported Saturday.
Jeff Foust writes both space agencies planÂ to begin work on theÂ X-Ray Astronomy Recovery MissionÂ spacecraft thisÂ spring as a replacement forÂ theÂ Hitomi astronomy satellite that failed due toÂ a chain of errors in the attitude control system.
“Our deal is to provide the same hardware that we provided last time,” Paul Hertz, director of NASAâs astrophysics division, said Tuesday duringÂ a presentation to the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Academies.
Hertz added NASAÂ will build aÂ âbuild-to-printâ version of Japan’sÂ Hitomi X-ray spectrometer instrument for the XARM project.
The report saidÂ the partnership expects toÂ formally reviewÂ NASA’s role inÂ the missionÂ by June.