Detector, X-ray, Collimator


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Detector, X-ray, Collimator

Collection Item Summary:

Collimator for X-ray detector, Catalogue # 19880017000, flown on Aerobee sounding rockets in the late 1960's to the early 1970's. Collimators such as this one enhance the directionality of detectors by rejecting all radiation other than that which comes from a narrow solid angle that defines the direction the instrument is pointing. This artifact is part of a collection of high energy detectors from the Naval Research Laboratory (see Catalogue numbers 19880001000-19880017000). It was transferred to NASM in 1987.

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Credit Line

Transferred from the Naval Research Laboratory

Country of Origin

United States of America


Aluminum frame, fine wire mesh plates


3-D: 25.4 x 33 x 5.1cm (10 x 13 x 2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum