Would you like to observe from the high Stratosphere?
Form for researchers that would like to participate in the ORISON project
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.
(More info on the potential infrastructure and its advantages at the end of this form)
What is your main research topic? *
Please provide a short description of your research field *
Name of your scientific case *
Description of your scientific case *
What is your window of observation? *
Spectral range (nm)/Spectral resolution (nm) [Photometry and spectroscopy]
(Typical Bandwidth of your filters or spectroscopy resolution) Example: 450-700nm/100nm or 450-700/~1nm (preferred format) but others are also accepted like: Visible RGB, JHK Infrared ... but please add additional information on the description about your typical observing bands. Add as much spectral ranges that you need.
Field of view(º)/Angular resolution(º/px)
Length of observation(s)/temporal resolution(s)
Duration of the missions that you are interested in
Observing modes
Tracking stability better than
Special needs and additional information
E.g. special instruments you require (IFU,...)
Points that you consider critical for your application or for your scientific case
Contact person *
Contact e-mail *
Your position
Clear selection
Comments and feedback about this form
Do you want that your scientific case be treated in a confidential way? *
We will need to use some information for the description of the infrastructure but your science case will be dealt with in a confidential way so that the information provided will not be public
Add Links to files additional information (links to Dropbox or articles)
Aspects of funding / shareholding
Would your team or your institution be able to provide funds to at least cofund a small part of the infrastructure?
In case that the final infrastructure design suits your needs and keeping in mind a possible future public procurement to build the infrastructure (within the context of the European H2020 funding scheme in its public procurement calls)
Clear selection
Would your team or your institution prefer to procure observation time/data relevant to your science case rather than cofunding the infrastructure?
Clear selection
Are you interested in a relatively simple infrastructure that can deploy instruments of around 8-30 kg? (Short development) (1-2 years) *
(Excluding the telescope)
Are you interested in a more complex infrastructure that can deploy instruments of 30-100 kg? (Long development) (3-4 years) *
(Excluding the telescope)
Are you interested in a really complex infrastructure that can deploy payloads of the order of 1000 kg or more? (Very long development) (>5 years). This is actually beyond the scope of ORISON but your feedback on this is also important *
Other operational aspects
What is the weight that you estimate for an instrument that would suit your needs?
Would you prefer a permanent launching site or would you prefere mobility?
If you prefer or require a certain flight altitude, what would it be?
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.
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