M. Dafcikova, J. Ripa (Masaryk U.), A. Pal (Konkoly Observatory), N. Werner (Masaryk U.), M. Ohno (Hiroshima U.), L. Meszaros, B. Csak (Konkoly Observatory), H. Takahashi (Hiroshima U.), F. Munz , M. Topinka, F. Hroch, N. Husarikova, J.-P. Breuer (Masaryk U.), J. Hudec, J. Kapus, M. Frajt, M. Rezenov (Spacemanic s.r.o), R. Laszlo (Needronix), G. Galgoczi (Wigner Research Center/Eotvos U.), N. Uchida (ISAS/JAXA), T. Enoto (Kyoto U.), Zs. Frei (Eotvos U.), Y. Fukazawa, K. Hirose, H. Matake (Hiroshima U.), S. Hisadomi (Nagoya U.), Y. Ichinohe (Rikkyo U.), L. L. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory), T. Mizuno (Hiroshima U.), K. Nakazawa (Nagoya U.), H. Odaka (Univ of Tokyo), K. Torigoe (Hiroshima U.), P. Svoboda, V. Daniel, J. Dudas, M. Junas, J. Gromes (VZLU), I. Vertat (FEL ZCU) -- the VZLUSAT-2/GRB payload collaboration.
The long duration GRB 231018A (Fermi/GBM detection: GCN 34831; Konus/Wind detection: GCN 34846; Glowbug detection: GCN 34847; CALET/CGBM detection: GCN 34849; GRBAlpha detection: GCN 34850; INTEGRAL/SPI-ACS peak detection at 2023-10-18 ~12:31:08 UT) was detected by the GRB detector on board of the VZLUSAT-2 3U CubeSat (https://www.vzlusat2.cz/en/).
The data acquisition was performed by the GRB detector unit no. 1. The detection was confirmed at the peak time 2023-10-18 12:31:10 UTC. The T90 duration is 41 s and the significance during T90 reaches 25 sigma.
The light curve obtained by VZLUSAT-2 is available here:
All VZLUSAT-2 detections are listed at: https://monoceros.physics.muni.cz/hea/VZLUSAT-2/
The GRB detectors on VZLUSAT-2 are a demonstration payload for a future CubeSat constellation (Werner et al. Proc. SPIE 2018). Two GRB modules of VZLUSAT-2 are placed in a perpendicular manner and each consists of a 75 x 75 x 5 mm3 CsI scintillator read out by a SiPM array, covering the energy range from ~30 keV to ~1000 keV. VZLUSAT-2 was launched on 2022 January 13 from Cape Canaveral.