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FIREBAll-2 thermal control system: Performance of the 2018 flight and improvements for 2021

Lin, Zeren and Kyne, Gillian and Milliard, Bruno and Pham, Hung and Hoadley, Keri and Martin, Chris and Schiminovich, David and Hamden, Erika T. and Nikzad, Shouleh and Picouet, Vincent (2020) FIREBAll-2 thermal control system: Performance of the 2018 flight and improvements for 2021. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VIII. Proceedings of SPIE. Vol.11445. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 1144529. ISBN 9781510636774.

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The Faint Intergalactic Medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) is a UV multi-object spectrograph exploring the CGM of galaxies at low redshifts (0.3 < z < 1.0). The science detector is a EMCCD cooled by a Sunpower cryocooler to minimize the noise contributions from dark current. To efficiently remove the heat generated by the cryocooler and other critical hardware, we built a custom water cooling circuit which uses a water/alcohol/ice mixture to regulate temperatures during flight. We report the ground and flight performances of the thermal system during the 2018 campaign and the lessons learned since then. We will discuss the model predictions of the potential impacts of several major upgrades as well as modifications to adapt to those impacts, and the ground performance of the thermal system during the rebuild of FIREBall-2, compared with the model predictions, for the next launch of FIREBall-2 in Fort Sumner in 2020.

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Hoadley, Keri0000-0002-8636-3309
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Hamden, Erika T.0000-0002-3131-7372
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Official Citation:Zeren Lin, Gillian Kyne, Bruno Milliard, Hung Pham, Keri Hoadley, Chris Martin, David Schiminovich, Erika T. Hamden, Shouleh Nikzad, and Vincent Picouet "FIREBAll-2 thermal control system: Performance of the 2018 flight and improvements for 2021", Proc. SPIE 11445, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VIII, 1144529 (13 December 2020);
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