IXPE will be launched from Kwajelein Atoll into a 540-km circular orbit at 0� inclination.
During IXPE's two-year mission a new window on the astrophysical universe will be opened,
with main targets such as active galactic nuclei (AGN), microquasars, pulsars and pulsar wind nebulae,
magnetars, accreting X-ray binaries, supernova remnants, and the Galactic center will be studied.
Opportunities for astro-particle multimessenger physics
and some windows on dark matter, axion likle particles and further new physics beyond the Standard Model
will also be opened by this X-ray polarimetry mission.
The cost of IXPE will be 188 million USD, which includes the cost of the launch vehicle and operations
and data analysis after launch. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Martin Weisskopf of NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Ball Aerospace, Broomfield Colorado, is providing the spacecraft and the services of mission integration.
The X-ray polarization detectors will be provided by the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, ASI), INFN and INAF.
Dr. Brian Ramsey is leading the effort to produce the grazing-incidence X-ray mirrors at NASA/MSFC.
Scientific theory is coordinated by the teams of the Stanford University,
USA and Roma Tre University, Italy.
This is a web site with a related, internal, cooperative Xwiki page for the IXPE Science Topical Working Groups.