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Design and construction of a carbon fiber gondola for the SPIDER balloon-borne telescope
Author(s): J. D. Soler; P. A. R. Ade; M. Amiri; S. J. Benton; J. J. Bock; J. R. Bond; S. A. Bryan; C. Chiang; C. C. Contaldi; B. P. Crill; O. P. Doré; M. Farhang; Jeffrey P. Filippini; L. M. Fissel; A. A. Fraisse; A. E. Gambrel; N. N. Gandilo; S. Golwala; J. E. Gudmundsson; M. Halpern; M. Hasselfield; G. C. Hilton; W. A. Holmes; V. V. Hristov; K. D. Irwin; W. C. Jones; Z. K. Kermish; C.-L. Kuo; C. J. MacTavish; P. V. Mason; K. G. Megerian; L. Moncelsi; T. Morford; J. M. Nagy; C. B. Netterfield; A. S. Rahlin; C. D. Reintsema; J. E. Ruhl; M. C. Runyan; J. A. Shariff; A. Trangsrud; C. Tucker; R. S. Tucker; A. D. Turner; A. C. Weber; D. V. Wiebe; E. Y. Young
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Paper Abstract

We introduce the light-weight carbon fiber and aluminum gondola designed for the Spider balloon-borne telescope. Spider is designed to measure the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation with unprecedented sensitivity and control of systematics in search of the imprint of inflation: a period of exponential expansion in the early Universe. The requirements of this balloon-borne instrument put tight constrains on the mass budget of the payload. The Spider gondola is designed to house the experiment and guarantee its operational and structural integrity during its balloon-borne flight, while using less than 10% of the total mass of the payload. We present a construction method for the gondola based on carbon fiber reinforced polymer tubes with aluminum inserts and aluminum multi-tube joints. We describe the validation of the model through Finite Element Analysis and mechanical tests.

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Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91450T (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055413
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J. D. Soler, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS (France)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
P. A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
M. Amiri, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
S. J. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
J. J. Bock, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. R. Bond, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)
S. A. Bryan, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
C. Chiang, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
C. C. Contaldi, Theoretical Physics Blackett Lab., Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
B. P. Crill, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
O. P. Doré, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Farhang, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Jeffrey P. Filippini, California Institute of Technology (United States)
L. M. Fissel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
A. A. Fraisse, Princeton Univ. (United States)
A. E. Gambrel, Princeton Univ. (United States)
N. N. Gandilo, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
S. Golwala, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. E. Gudmundsson, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. Halpern, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)
M. Hasselfield, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Princeton Univ. (United States)
G. C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. A. Holmes, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
V. V. Hristov, California Institute of Technology (United States)
K. D. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. C. Jones, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Z. K. Kermish, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C.-L. Kuo, Stanford Univ. (United States)
C. J. MacTavish, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
P. V. Mason, California Institute of Technology (United States)
K. G. Megerian, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
L. Moncelsi, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. Morford, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. M. Nagy, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
C. B. Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)
A. S. Rahlin, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. D. Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
J. E. Ruhl, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
M. C. Runyan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. A. Shariff, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
A. Trangsrud, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
C. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. S. Tucker, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. D. Turner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
A. C. Weber, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
D. V. Wiebe, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
E. Y. Young, Princeton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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