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Overview, design, and flight results from SuperBIT: a high-resolution, wide-field, visible-to-near-UV balloon-borne astronomical telescope

Romualdez, L. Javier and Benton, Steven J. and Brown, Anthony M. and Clark, Paul and Damaren, Christopher J. and Eifler, Tim and Fraisse, Aurelien A. and Galloway, Mathew N. and Hartley, John W. and Jauzac, Mathilde and Jones, William C. and Li, Lun and Luu, Thuy Vy T. and Massey, Richard J. and Mccleary, Jacqueline and Netterfield, C. Barth and Redmond, Susan and Rhodes, Jason D. and Schmoll, Jürgen and Tam, Sut-Ieng (2018) Overview, design, and flight results from SuperBIT: a high-resolution, wide-field, visible-to-near-UV balloon-borne astronomical telescope. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10702. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 107020R. ISBN 9781510619579. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20190102-155138763

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Abstract

Balloon-borne astronomy is a unique tool that allows for a level of image stability and significantly reduced atmospheric interference without the often prohibitive cost and long development time-scale that are characteristic of space-borne facility-class instruments. The Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) is a wide-field imager designed to provide 0.02" image stability over a 0.5 degree field-of-view for deep exposures within the visible-to-near-UV (300-900 um). As such, SuperBIT is a suitable platform for a wide range of balloon-borne observations, including solar and extrasolar planetary spectroscopy as well as resolved stellar populations and distant galaxies. We report on the overall payload design and instrumentation methodologies for SuperBIT as well as telescope and image stability results from two test flights. Prospects for the SuperBIT project are outlined with an emphasis on the development of a fully operational, three-month science flight from New Zealand in 2020.


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Additional Information:© 2018 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). SUPERBIT is supported in Canada, via the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), in the USA via NASA award NNX16AF65G, and in the UK via the Royal Society and Durham University. Part of the research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), under contract with NASA.
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
NASANNX16AF65G
Royal SocietyUNSPECIFIED
Durham UniversityUNSPECIFIED
NASA/JPL/CaltechUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:weak lensing, strong lensing, UV photometry, exoplanet spectroscopy, scientific ballooning, diffraction limited, wide-field, high-resolution, visible-to-near-UV, three-axis stabilization, sub-arcsecond stability, super-pressure balloon platform
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Official Citation:L. Javier Romualdez, Steven J. Benton, Anthony M. Brown, Paul Clark, Christopher J. Damaren, Tim Eifler, Aurelien A. Fraisse, Mathew N. Galloway, John W. Hartley, Mathilde Jauzac, William C. Jones, Lun Li, Thuy Vy T. Luu, Richard J. Massey, Jacqueline Mccleary, C. Barth Netterfield, Susan Redmond, Jason D. Rhodes, Jürgen Schmoll, Sut-Ieng Tam, "Overview, design, and flight results from SuperBIT: a high-resolution, wide-field, visible-to-near-UV balloon-borne astronomical telescope," Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107020R (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2307754
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