AAS 197, January 2001
Session 25. Gamma Ray Bursts: Localization and Identification
Oral, Monday, January 8, 2001, 1:30-3:00pm, Golden Ballroom

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[25.02] The Interplanetary GRB Network: A Status Report

T. L. Cline (NASA's GSFC), K. Hurley (UC Berkeley), J. Laros (U AZ), E. Mazets, S. Golenetskii (Ioffe PTI), J. Trombka, S. Barthelmy (NASA's GSFC), M. Feroci (Rome), F. Frontera (TeSRE)

Interplanetary spacecraft have been used with orbiting satellites to precisely localize gamma ray transients for nearly 25 years, making possible both early GRB and SGR discoveries and enabling a number of recent GRB-associated afterglow observations. This technique was pursued by the creative modifications of experiments generally planned with other goals, an existential mode at best. The latest achievement is the NEAR in-flight software change that, on its way to the asteroid Eros and complementing the distant Ulysses, made possible the present fully long-baseline, 3-vertex interplanetary network (IPN). We outline the status and ongoing contributions of this IPN, now that Compton-GRO is gone and that BeppoSAX and HETE-2 are active, and discuss future capabilities when INTEGRAL, Mars 2001, AGILE, Swift, GLAST and the ISS may be involved.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: cline@apache.gsfc.nasa.gov

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