INTEGRAL Latest News
AO-11 Data Rights Proposals approved
3 December 2013 The ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, Prof. Alvaro Giménez, has approved the recommendation of the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) for proposals to obtain data rights for targets within approved AO-11 observations. The proposers have been informed about the TAC decision and about the detailed data rights obtained. An overview of successful AO-11 data rights proposals can be found here.
Debris from stellar explosions in the Galaxy's fast lane
19 November 2013 Astronomers looking at the radioactive afterglow of supernovae with ESA's INTEGRAL mission have revealed that the remains of stellar explosions move through the Milky Way much faster, on average, than stars and most of the Galaxy's gas. This stellar debris is most likely ejected by winds and supernova explosions in large groups of massive stars located primarily on the leading edges of the Galaxy's spiral arms.
Full story on the ESA Science & Technology pages.
AO-11 Data Right Proposals - results
7 October 2013 During the call for Data Right Proposals (deadline 4 October 2013) the ISOC system received 31 valid proposals, requesting data rights to 109 fields and for 488 targets in total (every data right proposal can request observational data from multiple fields, defined in observing proposals, and multiple sources in each field). The large majority of requests was for Galactic Astronomy.
The Time Allocation Committee will decide on the proposals by November 2013.
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INTEGRAL AO-11 Call for Data Right Proposals is open!
09 September 2013 Today, the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Giménez-Cañete) has released the 11th Announcement of Opportunity for data right proposals with INTEGRAL.
This announcement solicits proposals for obtaining data rights to targets within AO-11 observations to be carried out from January 2014 onwards. Proposers from all over the world are welcome to participate. All proposals will be subject to an independent peer review by the INTEGRAL Time Allocation Committee (TAC). The deadline for proposals submission is Friday 4 October 2013, 14:00 CEST (12:00 GMT).
As you may be aware an indicative extension of science operations for INTEGRAL until 31 December 2016, subject to a mid-term review in Fall 2014, has been approved earlier this year.
However, the ESA budget for the 5-year period finishing at the end of 2017 will be lower than in previous years and - therefore - a number of cost savings options will be implemented in order to safeguard future science operations for INTEGRAL. See also the INTEGRAL news item from 20 June 2013.
In particular, and in order to simplify the AO structure, ESA will revert to a single, annual AO for observing proposals. Therefore, this AO-11 call for data rights proposals will be the last one of its kind. From 2014 onwards, AO's for INTEGRAL observing proposals only will be issued.
More information can be found on the AO-11 Data Right Proposals page.
INTEGRAL Project Scientist
01 September 2013 Chris Winkler, INTEGRAL Project Scientist since 1993, will retire from ESA at the end of this year. Erik Kuulkers has been appointed INTEGRAL Project Scientist as of 1 September 2013.
INTEGRAL workshop proceedings published
18 July 2013 The proceedings of the 9th INTEGRAL workshop "An INTEGRAL view of the high-energy sky", Paris, 15-19 October 2012, have been published today.
INTEGRAL observes Mkn 501 in outburst
12 July 2013 Mkn 501 is displaying very strong flaring activity, which has been detected by Swift/XRT in soft X-rays and by MAGIC in gamma-rays. The data suggest that Mkn 501 is currently in its brightest Swift/XRT recorded state. Therefore, INTEGRAL ToO observations of this extraordinary event have been proposed by Dr. E. Pian, and accepted by the INTEGRAL Project Scientist. Mkn 501 will be observed for 200 ks distributed in revolutions 1312, and 1313. For more information, please consult our scheduling webpages.
INTEGRAL science operations extended until 31 December 2016
20 June 2013 During a meeting on 18 & 19 June 2013, the Science Programme Committee (SPC) approved the indicative extension of science operations for INTEGRAL until 31 December 2016, subject to a mid-term review in Fall 2014.
This is excellent news for INTEGRAL and the science community. Many thanks to all who helped and contributed to achieve this outstanding result!
However, the ESA budget for the 5-year period finishing at the end of 2017 will be lower than in previous years. Therefore, a number of cost savings options will be implemented in order to safeguard future science operations for INTEGRAL, and a few of those options will directly affect the science return of the mission, as detailed below:
From 2013 on:
• No scientific observations (with IBIS, JEM-X, OMC) during periods of SPI annealing (about 12 revolutions, or ~ 2.5 Ms, per year).
• Conservative margins for radiation-belt-passages (instruments switch-off).
• Reduction of ToO support by increasing the reaction time to ToO notifications to several days.
• No on-call support for ToO notifications and ToO implementations on weekends.
From 2014 on (additional to the above):
• Freeze INTEGRAL archive development at ESAC.
• Reduced support for special observations (e.g. observations with customized dither patterns or scans).
• Simplify the AO structure, and revert to a single, annual AO for observing proposals.
From 2015 on (additional to the above):
• Reduced INTEGRAL SOC software support.
• Further reduction of observing support.
Other savings will be implemented, which will reduce the capacity to deal with (rare) anomalies, including: reduction of ESOC manpower and elimination of industrial support.
More information: http://sci.esa.int/director-s-desk/51944-esa-science-missions-continue-in-overtime/
INTEGRAL Project Scientist
INTEGRAL AO-11 General Programme approved
14 June 2013 The INTEGRAL AO-11 General Programme, as recommended by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and approved on June 3 by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Giménez), has been released and the observers have been informed.