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A precursor mission to high contrast imaging balloon system
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Paper Abstract

The HiCIBaS (High-Contrast Imaging Balloon System) project aims at launching a balloon borne telescope up to 36km to test high contrast imaging equipment and algorithms. The payload consists of a off the shelf 14-inch telescope with a custom-built Alt-Az mount. This telescope provides lights to two sensors, a pyramidal low order wave front sensor, and a coronagraphic wavefront sensor. Since the payload will reach its cruise altitude at about midnight mission, two target stars have been designated for observations, Capella as the night target, and Polaris as the early morning target. Data will be collected mainly on the magnitude of atmospheric and gondola’s turbulences, the luminosity of the background. The whole system is already built and ready to ship to Timmins for the launch in mid-August 2018.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 1070248 (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314071
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Olivier Côté, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Guillaume Allain, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Denis Brousseau, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Marie-Pier Lord, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Samy Ouahbi, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Mireille Ouellet, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Deven Patel, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Simon Thibault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Cédric Vallée, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Ruslan Belikov, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Eduardo Bendek, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Célia Blain, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
Collin Bradley, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
Olivier Daigle, Nüvü Caméras Inc. (Canada)
Chris de Jong, SRON, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
David Doelman, Univ. Leiden (Netherlands)
René Doyon, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
Frédéric Grandmont, ABB Inc. (Canada)
Michael Helmbrecht, Iris AO, Inc. (United States)
Matthew Kenworthy, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
David Lafrenière, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
Frank Marchis, SETI Institute (United States)
Christian Marois, NRC-Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (Canada)
Steeve Montminy, Canadian Space Agency (Canada)
Frans Snik, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Gautam Vasisht, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jean-Pierre Véran, NRC - Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics (Canada)
Philippe Vincent, Canadian Space Agency (Canada)


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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