ASTRO-H User Support in Europe

The European user support activities are spread across two centres: The Science Operations Centre (SOC), located at ESAC (Spain), and the European Science Support Centre (ESSC), located at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

The tasks of the SOC will be focussed on supporting the European user community in the use of the allocated time for ASTRO-H, through handling annual calls for observing proposals and related activities.

The tasks of the ESSC are focussed on supporting the European scientific community with respect to the utilization of ASTRO-H.

Latest news: launch date released

JAXA announced the ASTRO-H launch date: February 12 (Friday), 2016 from 5:45 thru 6:30 p.m (Japan Standard Time). You can follow the launch live on youtube; transmission starts 5:20pm JST (9:20am CET):

The ESSC invites all the interested colleagues to join the event organized to follow the live streaming of the launch at the Geneva observatory on 12 February 2016 at 8:45 a.m. (You can download the program by clicking on the image below. Note that the event language will be French)

In case of  unexpected issues, the launch window is from Feb. 13 (Sat.) thru 29 (Mon.), 2016.


You can download several factsheets/brochures about ASTRO-H:

  • Factsheet issued by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, in French
  • One-page summary issued by JAXA, in English
  • Press kit issued by JAXA, in English

Below are some videos of ASTRO-H: