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FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform

Hamden, Erika T. and Hoadley, Keri and Martin, D. Christopher and Crabill, Marty and Kyne, Gillian and Lingner, Nicole and Matuszewski, Mateusz and O'Sullivan, Donal (2019) FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform. In: Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10982. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 1098220. ISBN 9781510626294.

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Here we discuss advances in UV technology over the last decade, with an emphasis on photon counting, low noise, high efficiency detectors in sub-orbital programs. We focus on the use of innovative UV detectors in a NASA astrophysics balloon telescope, FIREBall-2, which successfully flew in the Fall of 2018. The FIREBall-2 telescope is designed to make observations of distant galaxies to understand more about how they evolve by looking for diffuse hydrogen in the galactic halo. The payload utilizes a 1.0-meter class telescope with an ultraviolet multi-object spectrograph and is a joint collaboration between Caltech, JPL, LAM, CNES, Columbia, the University of Arizona, and NASA. The improved detector technology that was tested on FIREBall-2 can be applied to any UV mission. We discuss the results of the flight and detector performance. We will also discuss the utility of sub-orbital platforms (both balloon payloads and rockets) for testing new technologies and proof-of-concept scientific ideas.

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Hamden, Erika T.0000-0002-3131-7372
Hoadley, Keri0000-0002-8636-3309
Martin, D. Christopher0000-0002-8650-1644
O'Sullivan, Donal0000-0002-4959-9179
Additional Information:© 2019 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This work was funded primarily through the APRA program for sub-orbital missions which funds the US side of FIREBall. CNES and CNRS provided support for the French side of the FIREBall collaboration. Additional support for detector development was provided by the SAT program and the Keck Institute for Space Studies. Prof. Hamden’s work is partly supported by a Nancy Grace Roman Fellowship, as well as an NSF AAPF and Milliken Prize Fellowship from Caltech during her postdoc. Dr. Hoadley is supported through a Lee Prize Fellowship from Caltech.
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Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES)UNSPECIFIED
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)UNSPECIFIED
Nancy Grace Roman FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:UV detectors, CGM, Galaxy Evolution, TRL Advancement, Scientific Ballooning
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10982
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Official Citation:Erika T. Hamden, Keri Hoadley, D. Christopher Martin, David Schiminovich, Bruno Milliard, Shouleh Nikzad, Ramona Augustin, Philippe Balard, Patrick Blanchard, Nicolas Bray, Marty Crabill, Jean Evrard, Albert Gomes, Robert Grange, Julia Gross, April Jewell, Gillian Kyne, Michele Limon, Nicole Lingner, Mateusz Matuszewski, Nicole Melso, Frédéri Mirc, Johan Montel, Hwei Ru Ong, Donal O'Sullivan, Sandrine Pascal, Etienne Perot, Vincent Picouet, Muriel Saccoccio, Brian Smiley, Xavier Soors, Pierre Tapie, Didier Vibert, Isabelle Zenone, and Jose Zorrilla "FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform", Proc. SPIE 10982, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI, 1098220 (13 May 2019);
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