If successful, the Large Balloon Reflector (LBR) will allow high spatial and spectral resolution follow-on studies from missions such as Herschel, Spitzer, and SOFIA to be performed at a fraction of the cost of space-based systems. The large collecting area of the LBR will also permit sensitive limb sounding studies of the Earth's atmosphere to be made and serve as a powerful tool for realizing communication networks for low-power ground stations or surveillance activities.
The telescope consists of an inflatable, half-aluminized spherical reflector deployed within a much larger carrier balloon - either zero pressure or super pressure.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|NASA Headquarters (HQ)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Washington, DC|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Supporting Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, CA|
|University of Arizona||Supporting Organization||Academic|
|Johns Hopkins University||Academic|
|Southwest Research Institute||Academic||San Antonio, TX|
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