Status Report

On-orbit Operations and Offline Data Processing of CALET onboard the ISS

By SpaceRef Editor
March 16, 2018
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Y. Asaoka, S. Ozawa, S. Torii, O. Adriani, Y. Akaike, K. Asano, M.G. Bagliesi, G. Bigongiari, W.R. Binns, S. Bonechi, M. Bongi, P. Brogi, J.H. Buckley, N. Cannady, G. Castellini, C. Checchia, M.L. Cherry, G. Collazuol, V. Di Felice, K. Ebisawa, H. Fuke, T.G. Guzik, T. Hams, M. Hareyama, N. Hasebe, K. Hibino, M. Ichimura, K. Ioka, W. Ishizaki, M.H. Israel, A. Javaid, K. Kasahara, J. Kataoka, R. Kataoka, Y. Katayose, C. Kato, N. Kawanaka, Y. Kawakubo, K. Kohri, H.S. Krawczynski, J.F. Krizmanic, S. Kuramata, T. Lomtadze, P. Maestro, P.S. Marrocchesi, A.M. Messineo, J.W. Mitchell, S. Miyake, K. Mizutani, A.A. Moiseev, K. Mori, M. Mori, N. Mori, H.M. Motz, K. Munakata, H. Murakami, S. Nakahira, J. Nishimura, G.A. de Nolfo, S. Okuno, J.F. Ormes, L. Pacini, F. Palma, P. Papini, A.V. Penacchioni, et al. (27 additional authors not shown)
(Submitted on 15 Mar 2018)

The CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET), launched for installation on the International Space Station (ISS) in August, 2015, has been accumulating scientific data since October, 2015. CALET is intended to perform long-duration observations of high-energy cosmic rays onboard the ISS. CALET directly measures the cosmic-ray electron spectrum in the energy range of 1 GeV to 20 TeV with a 2% energy resolution above 30 GeV. In addition, the instrument can measure the spectrum of gamma rays well into the TeV range, and the spectra of protons and nuclei up to a PeV.

In order to operate the CALET onboard ISS, JAXA Ground Support Equipment (JAXA-GSE) and the Waseda CALET Operations Center (WCOC) have been established. Scientific operations using CALET are planned at WCOC, taking into account orbital variations of geomagnetic rigidity cutoff. Scheduled command sequences are used to control the CALET observation modes on orbit. Calibration data acquisition by, for example, recording pedestal and penetrating particle events, a low-energy electron trigger mode operating at high geomagnetic latitude, a low-energy gamma-ray trigger mode operating at low geomagnetic latitude, and an ultra heavy trigger mode, are scheduled around the ISS orbit while maintaining maximum exposure to high-energy electrons and other high-energy shower events by always having the high-energy trigger mode active. The WCOC also prepares and distributes CALET flight data to collaborators in Italy and the United States.

As of August 31, 2017, the total observation time is 689 days with a live time fraction of the total time of approximately 84%. Nearly 450 million events are collected with a high-energy (E>10 GeV) trigger. By combining all operation modes with the excellent-quality on-orbit data collected thus far, it is expected that a five-year observation period will provide a wealth of new and interesting results.

Comments:    11 pages, 7 figures, published online 27 February 2018
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Instrumentation and Detectors (physics.ins-det)
Journal reference:    Astroparticle Physics, vol. 100 (2018) pp. 29-37
DOI:    10.1016/j.astropartphys.2018.02.010
Cite as:    arXiv:1803.05834 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1803.05834v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
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From: Yoichi Asaoka Dr.
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