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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Enhancing the Sensitivity of the OPIS Balloon-Borne Telescope

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Enhancing the Sensitivity of the OPIS Balloon-Borne Telescope

We will spend the first half of the IRAD performance period designing the new OPIS infrastructure, and the second half procuring and assembling the mechanical architecture.  The design process will be conducted in consultation with the WASP team (the WASP Program Manager, David Stuchlik at WFF, is a collaborator on this proposal) in order to avoid any mismatch between the OPIS design and the WASP gimbal and gondola design.  The overall schedule will be organized with the goal of producing a working telescope structure that can immediately be integrated into a new WASP design after the flight season ends in October 2015.

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