Neha Patil

ABRIXAS

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Mission type  X-ray astronomy
COSPAR ID  1999-022A
Reference system  Geocentric
Inclination  48°
Rocket  Kosmos-3M
Launch site  Kapustin Yar
Operator  DLR
SATCAT no.  25721
Launch date  28 April 1999
Inclination  48°
Last contact  1 May 1999
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Launch mass  550.0 kilograms (1,212.5 lb)
Similar  Array of Low Energy X, Gamma, High Energy Astronom, CHIPSat, Wide Field Infrared Explorer

A Broadband Imaging X-ray All-sky Survey, or ABRIXAS was a space-based German X-ray telescope. It was launched on 28 April 1999 in a Cosmos launch vehicle from Kapustin Yar, Russia, into Earth orbit. The orbit had a periapsis of 549.0 kilometres (341.1 mi), an apoapsis of 598.0 kilometres (371.6 mi), an inclination of 48.0° and an eccentricity of 0.00352, giving it a period of 96 minutes.

The telescope's battery was accidentally overcharged and destroyed three days after the mission started. When attempts to communicate with the satellite when its solar panels were illuminated by sunlight failed, the $20 million project was abandoned.

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ABRIXAS Wikipedia


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