Diffuse X-Rays from the Local Galaxy (DXL-3)

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The purpose of the Diffuse X-Rays from the Local Galaxy (DXL-3) mission is to study the physics associated with the Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX) and the Local Hot Bubble (LHB). The investigation will obtain geometric measurements of the SWCX and differentiate the foreground SWCX emission from the background LHB emissions. It will also determine the compound cross section with helium and hydrogen.


Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.

Additional sounding rocket vehicles


Google Earth Map showing Poker Flat, Alaska.

The DXL payload will be launched from Poker Flat Research Range.