the second cornerstone of the science programme Horizon 2000 of
is used, after launch from Kourou, French Guiana on 10 December 1999 with an
to perform X-ray astronomical studies of selected cosmic
sources in a highly eccentric (7000 km × 114000 km)
48-hours orbit over a time span of ten years.
The scientific payload includes three parallel Wolter type I telescopes,
in the focus of each an X-ray CCD will take spectrally resolved images in the
energy band between 0.3 keV and 10 keV.
In addition to the MPE participation in the development of the telecopes, the
and the development and construction of the pn-CCD camera
(EPIC-pn) the MPE has taken up further tasks
in the framework of the Europian
The main job is the execution of the standard analysis of every XMM observation
and the identification of the X-ray sources discovered.
The XMM spacecraft has been designed and is being built by the company
as main contractor leading an industrial consortium.