How to build an X-Ray astronomy satellite in six easy steps

This is what you'll need for an X-Ray Timing Explorer, and this is what you'll need for an AXAF CCD Imaging Spectrometer.

Step 1

Decide what you want to see, and what about it you wish to study.

Step 2

Decide how your going to observe what you want to observe from step 1.

Step 3

Hire lots of good engineers, and a couple managment types to keep them in line, and have them design your satellite.

Step 4

Hire lots of NASA certified technicians and machinists to build the design.

Step 5

Shake and Bake

This is the technical term used to describe the testing of the design by vibrating it at variable frequencies and heating it up and cooling it off in a vaccuum environment.

Step 6

Launch it. Put on top of a really really big firecracker and point it towards space (up).


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