High Energy Transient Explorer
(2000s space multi-band GRB observatory)
High Energy Transient Explorer (HETE) is the name of
two GRB space observatories, the first never
reaching operation (in 1996, HETE-1) and a follow-on (HETE-2)
with the same goals that was successfully deployed in 2000 and
remained in operation until 2008. HETE was an international
effort, launched by NASA. The goal was multi-wavelength
observation of GRBs, including X-ray and ultraviolet
observations. At any moment, it monitored a limited FOV,
necessarily away from the Sun, also avoiding the Moon,
but could sometimes narrow the direction to within that FOV
down to less than square degree.
- FREGATE - "French Gamma Telescope".
- WXM - wide-field X-ray Monitor.
- SXC - soft X-ray camera.
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