Vibration isolation design for the Micro-X rocket payload

S. N T Heine*, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, J. M. Rutherford, P. Wikus, P. Oakley, F. S. Porter, D. McCammon

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Micro-X is a NASA-funded, sounding rocket-borne X-ray imaging spectrometer that will allow high precision measurements of velocity structure, ionization state and elemental composition of extended astrophysical systems. One of the biggest challenges in payload design is to maintain the temperature of the detectors during launch. There are several vibration damping stages to prevent energy transmission from the rocket skin to the detector stage, which causes heating during launch. Each stage should be more rigid than the outer stages to achieve vibrational isolation. We describe a major design effort to tune the resonance frequencies of these vibration isolation stages to reduce heating problems prior to the projected launch in the summer of 2014.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1088
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Sounding rockets
  • Transition-edge sensors
  • Vibration isolation
  • X-ray spectrometers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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