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Potential of balloon payloads for in flight validation of direct and nulling interferometry concepts
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Paper Abstract

While the question of low cost / low science precursors is raised to validate the concepts of direct and nulling interferometry space missions, balloon payloads offer a real opportunity thanks to their relatively low cost and reduced development plan. Taking into account the flight capabilities of various balloon types, we propose in this paper, several concepts of payloads associated to their flight plan. We also discuss the pros and cons of each concepts in terms of technological and science demonstration power.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7734, Optical and Infrared Interferometry II, 77340I (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856717
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Olivier Demangeon, IAS, Univ Paris-Sud, CNRS (France)
Marc Ollivier, IAS, Univ Paris-Sud, CNRS (France)
Jean-Michel Le Duigou, Ctr. National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)
Frédéric Cassaing, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aéronautiques (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
Vincent Coudé du Foresto, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
Denis Mourard, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
Pierre Kern, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Tien Lam Trong, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Jean Evrard, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Olivier Absil, Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (France)
Denis Defrere, Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Bruno Lopez, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7734:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry II
William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal, Editor(s)

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