Simbol-X

Simbol-X

Following a recent decision by CNES the Simbol-X mission has been canceled

Simbol X is a new-technology hard X-ray (0.5 - 80 keV) focussing telescope that will provide order of magnitude improvement in angular resolution and sensitivity compared to the non-focussing instruments that have operatated so far in this crucial energy band. Simbol-X will be the first orbiting telescope to take advantage of the emerging spacecraft formation flying technology. The Symbol-X mission is jointly supported by the French (CNES) and Italian (ASI) space agencies: it has been selected for phase-A study with a target launch at the beginning of 2014.

Unfortnately, due to budget restrictions, in March 2009, CNES unexpectedly decided to stop the project after the end of Phase A. The Simbol-X mission is therefore canceled.