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An Overview of the XMM Observatory System

An Overview of the XMM Observatory System

Publication date: 01 December 1999

Authors: Barre, H., Nye, H. & Janin, G.

Journal: ESA Bulletin
Volume: 100
Year: 1999

Copyright: ESA

XMM is the largest scientific observatory developed by ESA and dedicated to exploring the Universe in the soft-X-ray portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. This article presents XMM as a complete system, composed by the space segment (the satellite and its launch vehicle) and the ground segment (all of ground-based infrastructure needed to control the satellite and gather the scientific data). The definition of the XMM orbit, which is also described, is a key element in meeting the primary mission objectives and satisfying the project programmatic requirements and constraints.

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