FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform
AuthorHamden, Erika T.
Jewell, April D.
Ong, Hwei Ru
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
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PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
CitationHamden, E. T., Hoadley, K., Martin, D. C., Schiminovich, D., Milliard, B., Nikzad, S., ... & Crabill, M. (2019, May). FIREBall-2: advancing TRL while doing proof-of-concept astrophysics on a suborbital platform. In Micro-and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI (Vol. 10982, p. 1098220). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
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AbstractHere 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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SponsorsAPRA program; CNESCentre National D'etudes Spatiales; CNRSCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Nancy Grace Roman Fellowship; NSF AAPFNational Science Foundation (NSF)NSF - Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS); Caltech