- August 1, 2017
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 used India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) carrying 30 co-passenger satellites and 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.