X-ray Detector XRD on BeEagleSat and the Development of the Improved X-ray Detector iXRD

KALEMCİ E., Aslan A. R., Bozkurt A., Bas M. E., Diba M., Veziroglu K., ...More

9th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST), İstanbul, Turkey, 11 - 14 June 2019, pp.565-570 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/rast.2019.8767903
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.565-570
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Many interesting astrophysical objects are intense X-ray emitters. Hard X-ray observatories in various sizes have been operating in space and providing exciting scientific results that we cannot obtain in our laboratories on Earth. Nanosatellites with CdZnTe hard X-ray detectors have been launched into orbit as well, and the future holds great promise with such small satellites contributing significantly to high energy astrophysics. One of those satellites is the BeEagleSat which carried the X-ray detector (XRD) to low Earth orbit. The XRD has a 15x15x3 mm(3) volume CdZnTe detector, a cross-strip electrode design, a RENA readout chip controlled by an MSP 430 microcontroller. Due to a communication problem with the receiver, no science data could have been downloaded from the XRD.