X-ray Telescope Featuring Optics from Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (RITE) Launched into Orbit

An X-ray telescope featuring multi-foil optics from Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe s.r.o. (RITE) was successfully launched into orbit and is capable of testing technologies for monitoring a wide range of astrophysical and terrestrial phenomena.


For launching it was used India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) and it carried 30 co-passenger satellites, comprised of 29 nanosatellites from 14 countries.

The X-ray multi-foil optics, combined with an ADVACAM detector in a 1D X-ray telescope, are onboard a Czech nanosatellite VZLUSAT-1 with polar orbit.


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