16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-117
Paper 13093-117

ULTRASAT: NASA's role in mission development and science

On demand | Presented live 17 June 2024

Abstract

ULTRASAT is a near-ultraviolet imaging satellite with a wide field of view (200 square degrees) and a planned launch in late 2027. It is an international partnership led by Israel (Israel Space Agency and Weizmann Institute of Science) in partnership with the United States (NASA) and Germany (DESY). ULTRASAT will provide high cadence observations and rapid target-of-opportunity response, providing a powerful capability for time-domain and multimessenger astrophysics (TDAMM), and will have scientific applications from solar system studies to cosmology. This proceedings paper includes the content of a poster presented at the 2024 SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments meeting, describing briefly the ULTRASAT science drivers and capabilities; NASA’s roles in the ULTRASAT project; and how ULTRASAT fits with NASA scientific priorities. It also includes an expanded summary of the United States Participating Scientist Program for ULTRASAT.

Presenter

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James Rhoads is an astrophysicist with interests in galaxy evolution, the high redshift universe, and gamma ray bursts, among other topics. He has worked on numerous observational studies, as well as theory and instrument development projects. He has worked at observatories and as a university professor before moving to NASA. At NASA, he has worked on the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope; on development of the REX mission concept; and on ULTRASAT, where he serves as the ULTRASAT NASA Project Scientist.
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Avishay Gal-Yam
Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Eran O. Ofek
Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Sagi Ben-Ami
Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Mark M. Matsumura
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
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NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
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Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
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Dennis Bodewits
Auburn University (United States)
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S. Bradley Cenko
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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Michael W. Coughlin
University of Minnesota (United States)
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Washington University (United States)
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Anna Y. Q. Ho
Cornell University (United States)
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Erin Kara
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
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Mukremin Kilic
University of Oklahoma (United States)
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Keivan G Stassun
Vanderbilt University (United States)
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Marina Kounkel
University of North Florida (United States)
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Joseph Mullen
Vanderbilt University (United States)
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John W. Noonan
Auburn University (United States)