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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Balloon Platform for Ultra-Low-Background Spectroscopy

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

Far-infrared astronomical observations are limited by foreground emission originating within the atmosphere or instrument optics. A new observing technique combining several elements can reduce foreground emission by a factor of 1000 or more compared to current state-of-the-art observations from ground-based or airborne platforms. The increased sensitivity improves mapping speed by a factor of 100,000 to allow performance comparable to space mission from low-cost suborbital platforms.

Task includes: Thermal/mechanical design study

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