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.
Before filling the questionaire please read a short description of the ORISON project:

Astronomical research that needs to avoid the severe limitations imposed by the atmosphere has been traditionally performed from Space. Unfortunately, space missions are extremely expensive, complex, require years of development (even when dealing with just one simple experiment), and their difficulties are immense. However, conditions in the high stratosphere are very similar to those of outer space and currently there are developments in stratospheric balloons and other technologies that would make things simpler.

The use of platforms onboard stratospheric balloons allows overcoming most of the atmospheric limitations at much lower cost and with fewer complications than in satellites platforms. The use of this technique can potentially boost several fields of astronomy, including planetary science which usually needs fast response to sudden or unexpected phenomena. We find that there are many fields in astronomy that would benefit from a European balloon program apart from the fields in astronomy that have already used specific balloon missions from Antartica or near the north pole in the past. The goal of the ORISON project is to carry out a feasibility and design study of an astronomically-oriented balloon facility that can deploy one or several small-to-medium-sized stabilized telescopes and a suite of other scientific instruments as light payloads to do state of the art research at acceptable costs, and not necessarily from remote locations such as Antarctica.

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.

What is you main research topic? *
Please provide a short description of your research field *
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Name of your scientific case *
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Description of your scientific case *
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What is your window of observation? *
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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 other are also accepted like: Visible RGB, JHK Infrared ... but please add additional information on the description about you typical observing bands. Add as much spectral ranges that you need.
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Field of view(º)/Angular resolution(º/px)
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Length of observation(s)/temporal resolution(s)
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Duration of the missions that you are interested in
Observing modes
Tracking stability better than
Special needs and additional information
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Points that you consider critical for your application or for your scientific case
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Contact person *
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Contact e-mail *
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Comments and feedback about this form
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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)
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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)
Are you interested in a light and simple infrastructure(8-30 kg)? (Short development) (1-2 years) *
Disagree
Agree
Are you interested in a long and complex infrastructure(30-100 kg)? (Long development) (3-4 years) *
Disagree
Agree
Are you interested in a even more long and complex infrastructure(+100 kg)? (Long development) (more 5 years)
Disagree
Agree
What weight estimates will your instrument/s have?
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