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A sub-arcsecond pointing stability fine stage for a high altitude balloon platform

Jones-Wilson, Laura and Susca, Sara and Diaz, Christina and Chang, Herrick and Duffy, Elizabeth and Effinger, Robert and Lewis, Derek and Liewer, Kurt and Lo, Kevin and Ochoa, Hared and Perez, Joseph and Rizvi, Aadil and Seubert, Carl and Umsted, Carson and Borden, Michael and Clark, Paul and Massey, Richard and Porter, Michael (2017) A sub-arcsecond pointing stability fine stage for a high altitude balloon platform. In: 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-1-5090-1613-6 .

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High-altitude balloons (HABs) are platforms for collecting astrophysical and planetary science data that offer a number of advantages compared to conventional ground-based or space-based systems. However, they also pose a set of new environmental challenges that must be addressed in order to offer a viable alternative to ground-or space-based assets. In particular, maintaining science-quality pointing stability is a critical challenge for HAB platforms. For these missions, dynamic errors must be limited to a fraction of the observation wavelength, so as the wavelength becomes smaller, it becomes more difficult to meet the needed performance. As a result, there are very few existing pointing stabilization solutions that use visible-spectrum guide stars, despite their relatively wide distribution across the sky. This paper describes the results achieved with the STABLE (Sub-arc second Telescope And BaLloon Experiment) project whose goal is to provide the fine pointing stage for a balloon-borne platform observing in the visible wavelength.

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Official Citation:L. Jones-Wilson et al., "A sub-arcsecond pointing stability fine stage for a high altitude balloon platform," 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 2017, pp. 1-15. doi: 10.1109/AERO.2017.7943590
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