Astro-H satellite one-tenth scale model opened to the public.

The Astro-H project team and the JAXA public relations office have teamed up to construct a 1/10th scale model of the Astro-H satellite. The Astro-H model is on display in the lobby onthe first-floor at the ISAS Sagamihara campus and may be visited by anyone.
The full length of the Astro-H satellite is 14 meters, so that the one-tenth scale model has an impressive height of 1.4 meters. Thanks to the pain-staking efforts of the people who built the model, within the main body of the satellite can be seen the structure of the very low-temperature vacuum chamber that houses the principle instrument of Astro-H, the soft X-ray spectrometer (XRS; picture 2). The portion of the model corresponding to the tail of the satellite, the hard X-ray imager (HXI), carries the truss of the extendable boom (the combination of triangularly shaped structures). This structure is faithfully reproduced by the model (picture 3). These features aside, the X-ray telescopes and solar panels, and the signalling antenna (among others) are also faithfully reproduced. When you are at the Sagamihara campus, be sure to have a look at the model!

picture 1: ASTRO-H 1/10th scale model

picture 1: ASTRO-H 1/10th scale model

picture 2: very low-temperature vacuum chamber

picture 2: very low-temperature vacuum chamber

picture 3: extendable boom

picture 3: extendable boom

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