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FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform
Author(s): 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; Jose Zorrilla
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10982, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI, 1098220 (13 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518711
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Erika T. Hamden, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Keri Hoadley, Caltech (United States)
D. Christopher Martin, Caltech (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Bruno Milliard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Shouleh Nikzad, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ramona Augustin, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Philippe Balard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Patrick Blanchard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Nicolas Bray, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Marty Crabill, Caltech (United States)
Jean Evrard, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Albert Gomes, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Robert Grange, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Julia Gross, Columbia Univ. (United States)
April Jewell, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gillian Kyne, Caltech (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michele Limon, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Nicole Lingner, Caltech (United States)
Mateusz Matuszewski, Caltech (United States)
Nicole Melso, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Frédéri Mirc, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Johan Montel, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Hwei Ru Ong, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Donal O'Sullivan, Caltech (United States)
Sandrine Pascal, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Etienne Perot, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Vincent Picouet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Muriel Saccoccio, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Brian Smiley, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Xavier Soors, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Pierre Tapie, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Didier Vibert, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Isabelle Zenone, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Jose Zorrilla, Columbia Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10982:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam, Editor(s)

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