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Overview, design, and flight results from SuperBIT: a high-resolution, wide-field, visible-to-near-UV balloon-borne astronomical telescope
Author(s): L. Javier Romualdez; Steven J. Benton; Anthony M. Brown; Paul Clark; Christopher J. Damaren; Tim Eifler; Aurelien A. Fraisse; Mathew N. Galloway; John W. Hartley; Mathilde Jauzac; William C. Jones; Lun Li; Thuy Vy T. Luu; Richard J. Massey; Jacqueline Mccleary; C. Barth Netterfield; Susan Redmond; Jason D. Rhodes; Jürgen Schmoll; Sut-Ieng Tam
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Paper Abstract

Balloon-borne astronomy is a unique tool that allows for a level of image stability and significantly reduced atmospheric interference without the often prohibitive cost and long development time-scale that are characteristic of space-borne facility-class instruments. The Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) is a wide-field imager designed to provide 0.02" image stability over a 0.5 degree field-of-view for deep exposures within the visible-to-near-UV (300-900 um). As such, SuperBIT is a suitable platform for a wide range of balloon-borne observations, including solar and extrasolar planetary spectroscopy as well as resolved stellar populations and distant galaxies. We report on the overall payload design and instrumentation methodologies for SuperBIT as well as telescope and image stability results from two test flights. Prospects for the SuperBIT project are outlined with an emphasis on the development of a fully operational, three-month science flight from New Zealand in 2020.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107020R (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2307754
Show Author Affiliations
L. Javier Romualdez, Univ. of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (Canada)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Steven J. Benton, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Anthony M. Brown, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul Clark, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Christopher J. Damaren, Univ. of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (Canada)
Tim Eifler, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steward Observatory (United States)
Aurelien A. Fraisse, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Mathew N. Galloway, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
John W. Hartley, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Mathilde Jauzac, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
William C. Jones, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Lun Li, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Thuy Vy T. Luu, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Richard J. Massey, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jacqueline Mccleary, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
C. Barth Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)
Susan Redmond, Univ. of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (Canada)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Jason D. Rhodes, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jürgen Schmoll, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Sut-Ieng Tam, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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