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P. Ubertini (IAS-CNR), INTEGRAL Team
Integral is the next ESA high energy mission planned with contribution from RSA (Russia) and NASA (USA).
The observatory will be placed in orbit in April 2002 with a Proton launcher and the astrophysical payload will comprise two mail instruments, IBIS and SPI, and two monitors covering the X-Ray (Jem-X) and optical (OMC) wavelenghts.
The two main instrument will provide wide spectral response (20 keV to 10 MeV), fine Gamma-Ray imaging capability (angular resolution ~ 12 arcmin, new source location up to 30 arcsec) and high resolution spectroscopy (2 keV FWHM at ~ 1MeV) and high resolution timing (~ 100 ms).
The INTEGRAL observatory will serve the scientific community at large providing a unique combination of high energy imaging and spectroscopy over the energy range form X to Gamma Rays, with optical monitoring.