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FIREBALL: instrument pointing and aspect reconstruction
Author(s): Mateusz Matuszewski; Jean Evrard; Frederi Mirc; Robert Grange; Stephan Frank; Bruno Milliard; Sarah E. Tuttle; Shahinur Rahman; D. Christopher Martin; David Schiminovich; Ryan McLean; Robert G. Chave
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Paper Abstract

The Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBALL) had its first scientific flight in June 2009. The instrument is a 1 meter class balloon-borne telescope equipped with a vacuum-ultraviolet integral field spectrograph intended to detect emission from the inter-galactic medium at redshifts 0.3 < z < 1.0. The scientific goals and the challenging environment place strict constraints on the pointing and tracking systems of the gondola. In this manuscript we briefly review our pointing requirements, discuss the methods and solutions used to meet those requirements, and present the aspect reconstruction results from the first successful scientific flight.

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Date Published: 30 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773229 (30 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857869
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Mateusz Matuszewski, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jean Evrard, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Frederi Mirc, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Robert Grange, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Stephan Frank, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Bruno Milliard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Sarah E. Tuttle, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Shahinur Rahman, California Institute of Technology (United States)
D. Christopher Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Ryan McLean, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Robert G. Chave, Robert Chave Applied Physics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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