This feedback form is to be filled out by members of the research community and is meant to help us design a mid-size infrastructure for stratospheric observations.
Your feedback will help us to design and advocate a low-cost, balloon-based research platform within the Innovative Research Infrastructure based on Stratospheric Balloons (ORISON) project. The project is currently undertaken under European Comission funding by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), the University of Stuttgart, Ernst & Young, and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics with the goal to assess the feasibility and identify a potential funding scheme to create the infrastructure.
The envisioned balloon-based platform would offer observation conditions similar to that of a space mission, such as demonstrated by highly successful missions in the past (SUNRISE solar science missions, BOPPS planetary science mission,...) but at considerably lower costs, e.g.:
- Close to diffraction limited resolving power (1 arcsec or less in the UV and VIS spectra)
- Close to 100% atmospheric transmission in the NUV (http://bit.ly/uv-trans
) , VIS, and NIR (http://bit.ly/ir-trans
- Limited atmospheric background that ease spectroscopy and allow daytime observations for certain applications
- Observations independent of weather conditions
- Flight altitude ca. 35 km
- Duration between several hours and up to 100 days possible
For more information on the project, please consult:http://asteroidstnos.iaa.es/content/project-orison
or at http://www.orison.eu
To design the payload and final infrastructure we are seeking input from different teams that can have different science cases and can be interested in the final infrastructure. So please fill out the following questionaire.
If you are interested in several different configurations, please fill this form several times. Keep in mind that the infrastructure could be modular, so some modules can be permanent and other modules can be temporal.