XRS-2 is an instrument that will fly on the Japanese Astro-E2 mission in February 2005. U.S. participation in Astro-E2 was approved by NASA on July 19, 2001.

XRS-2 will be a nearly identical rebuild of XRS, which was part of the ASTRO-E mission. ASTRO-E was lost due to a launch vehicle failure on February 10, 2000.

Since the launch of Chandra and XMM-Newton, the need for a nondispersive X-ray spectrometer with high resolution at 6keV has become even clearer. This is the role XRS-2 will fill.

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