Conclusions

Although still rather uncertain in its individual facets and albeit hampered by severe funding shortages in the major international space agencies, the future potential of high-energy astrophysics appears rather bright. Two gamma-ray missions will be launched rather soon. Several smaller and medium-size X-ray missions are planned, prepared, or already approved in international space agencies. They provide tremendous discovery space in certain, specialized areas and keep the international high-energy community and the technological know-how alive. The realization of the next generation of large X-ray observatories is probably still more than a decade away, but requires substantial technology development and international support to become reality.

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