Vibration Isolation Design for the Micro-X Rocket Payload

M. E. Danowski*, S. N T Heine, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, D. Goldfinger, P. Wikus, D. McCammon, P. Oakley

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Micro-X is a NASA-funded sounding rocket-borne X-ray imaging spectrometer designed to enable high precision measurements of extended astrophysical systems. To perform high energy resolution measurements and capture unprecedented spectra of supernova remnants and galaxy clusters, Micro-X must maintain tight temperature control. One of the biggest challenges in payload design is to prevent heating of the detectors due to the vibrational loads on the rocket skin during launch. Several stages of vibration damping systems are implemented to prevent energy transmission from the rocket skin to the detector stage, each stage more rigid than the last. We describe recent redesign efforts to improve this vibration isolation by tuning the resonant frequencies of the various stages to minimize heating prior to the projected launch in 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-603
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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