The gamma-ray large area space telescope (GLAST)

Kniffen, D. A.; Bertsch, D. L.; Gehrels, N.
June 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 515 Issue 1, p492
Academic Journal
The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope is planned as NASA’s next major mission in high-energy gamma-ray astronomy. It is included in the Space Science Enterprise Strategic Plan as a 2002 “New Start,” with a planned 2005 launch. NASA commissioned a Facility Science Team (FST) of both advocates and non-advocates to establish the framework of the mission. The FST developed a Science Requirements Document that outlines the specifications of an instrument needed to make the next advance in this field. The adopted specifications will lead to an investigation with an energy response extending to 300 GeV, ten times higher than the EGRET instrument on the Compton Observatory, and with a source sensitivity 50 times greater. In addition there would be gains in spectral and spatial resolution. A heavy emphasis will be placed on multi-wavelength observations to maximize the science from the mission. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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