16 July 2018 A precursor mission to high contrast imaging balloon system
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The HiCIBaS (High-Contrast Imaging Balloon System) project aims at launching a balloon borne telescope up to 36km to test high contrast imaging equipment and algorithms. The payload consists of a off the shelf 14-inch telescope with a custom-built Alt-Az mount. This telescope provides lights to two sensors, a pyramidal low order wave front sensor, and a coronagraphic wavefront sensor. Since the payload will reach its cruise altitude at about midnight mission, two target stars have been designated for observations, Capella as the night target, and Polaris as the early morning target. Data will be collected mainly on the magnitude of atmospheric and gondola’s turbulences, the luminosity of the background. The whole system is already built and ready to ship to Timmins for the launch in mid-August 2018.
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Olivier Côté, Olivier Côté, Guillaume Allain, Guillaume Allain, Denis Brousseau, Denis Brousseau, Marie-Pier Lord, Marie-Pier Lord, Samy Ouahbi, Samy Ouahbi, Mireille Ouellet, Mireille Ouellet, Deven Patel, Deven Patel, Simon Thibault, Simon Thibault, Cédric Vallée, Cédric Vallée, Ruslan Belikov, Ruslan Belikov, Eduardo Bendek, Eduardo Bendek, Célia Blain, Célia Blain, Collin Bradley, Collin Bradley, Olivier Daigle, Olivier Daigle, Chris de Jong, Chris de Jong, David Doelman, David Doelman, René Doyon, René Doyon, Frédéric Grandmont, Frédéric Grandmont, Michael Helmbrecht, Michael Helmbrecht, Matthew Kenworthy, Matthew Kenworthy, David Lafrenière, David Lafrenière, Frank Marchis, Frank Marchis, Christian Marois, Christian Marois, Steeve Montminy, Steeve Montminy, Frans Snik, Frans Snik, Gautam Vasisht, Gautam Vasisht, Jean-Pierre Véran, Jean-Pierre Véran, Philippe Vincent, Philippe Vincent, } "A precursor mission to high contrast imaging balloon system", Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 1070248 (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314071; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314071

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