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The PICTURE-C exoplanetary direct imaging balloon mission: first flight preparation
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Paper Abstract

The Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment - Coronagraph (PICTURE-C) mission will directly image debris disks and exozodiacal dust around nearby stars from a high-altitude balloon using a vector vortex coronagraph. The first flight of PICTURE-C was recently rescheduled by NASA for September, 2019. This paper describes preparations for the first flight of PICTURE-C, including the final mission design, flight integration process and observation plan. Laboratory measurements of the low-order wavefront control system and coronagraph performance are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11117, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX, 1111707 (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529710
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Christopher B. Mendillo, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kuravi Hewawasam, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Glenn A. Howe, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Jason Martel, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Timothy A. Cook, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Supriya Chakrabarti, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11117:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX
Stuart B. Shaklan, Editor(s)

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