16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-104
Paper 13093-104

FIREBall-2 2023: flight communications performance

On demand | Presented live 17 June 2024

Abstract

The balloon-borne UV telescope Faint Intergalactic Red-shifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) was launched from Fort Sumner, NM on September 25, 2023, for its second attempted flight. The flight was unexpectedly terminated at 10 hours due to a mechanical issue, and no science data was obtained; however, this short flight provided an excellent opportunity to test the in-flight communications system. Testing the communication system pre-flight was challenging, and an accurate simulation of signal reception and communication errors expected during flight was not possible. From launch to landing, only a single packet was dropped. Had the flight continued for the expected duration, the success up to early termination gives confidence that the communications systems would have continued to meet our expectations. While this test was highly successful, some areas for improvement were identified and will be addressed before FIREBall-2’s next flight.

Presenter

Greyson Davis
The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Greyson is a Research Associate at the University of Iowa working with Dr. Keri Hoadley on UV telescope missions like FIREBall-2 and Aspera. His work focuses on instrument communications and UV detectors. He graduated in May 2023 with his master’s in electrical engineering.
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Greyson Davis
The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
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Keri Hoadley
The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
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The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
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The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
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Philippe Balard
Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
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Nicolas Bray
Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
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Ignacio Cevallos-Aleman
Columbia Univ. (United States)
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The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
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Gillian Kyne
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
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Caltech (United States)
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Caltech (United States)
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Caltech (United States)
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Bruno Millard
Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
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Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
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Caltech (United States)
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Columbia Univ. (United States)
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Meghna Sitaram
Columbia Univ. (United States)
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David Valls-Gabaud
Observatoire de Paris (France)