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STARS: a software application for the EBEX autonomous daytime star cameras
Author(s): Daniel Chapman; Joy Didier; Shaul Hanany; Seth Hillbrand; Michele Limon; Amber Miller; Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud; Greg Tucker; Yury Vinokurov
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Paper Abstract

The E and B Experiment (EBEX) is a balloon-borne telescope designed to probe polarization signals in the CMB resulting from primordial gravitational waves, gravitational lensing, and Galactic dust emission. EBEX completed an 11 day flight over Antarctica in January 2013 and data analysis is underway. EBEX employs two star cameras to achieve its real-time and post-flight pointing requirements. We wrote a software application called STARS to operate, command, and collect data from each of the star cameras, and to interface them with the main flight computer. We paid special attention to make the software robust against potential in-flight failures. We report on the implementation, testing, and successful in flight performance of STARS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 915212 (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057181
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel Chapman, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Joy Didier, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Shaul Hanany, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)
Seth Hillbrand, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Michele Limon, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Amber Miller, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Greg Tucker, Brown Univ. (United States)
Yury Vinokurov, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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