Dr. Falcone facilitated the design and construction of the satellite on Penn State’s campus. This satellite recorded data on x-rays from exploded stars. Dr. Falcone reviewed the construction, shipping and set up for launch of the satellite. He also showed students the entire process with pictures, video and data from the launch and recovery of the satellite. He discussed how this satellite will be relaunched again to continue the research on x-rays and cosmic rays from space.
Dr. Falcone is a part of PSU science programs that study active galactic nuclei, gamma ray bursts, and other high-energy astrophysical systems. He also participates in various space flight instrumentation programs, most notably to develop x-ray detectors for current and future NASA missions.