Skip Navigation
NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts

10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR)

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

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 »

Anticipated Benefits

Primary U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

Share this Project

Organizational Responsibility

Project Management

Project Duration

Technology Maturity (TRL)

Technology Areas

Light bulb

Suggest an Edit

Recommend changes and additions to this project record.
^