14 December 2016 Pointing system for the balloon-borne astronomical payloads
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We describe the development and implementation of a light-weight, fully autonomous 2-axis pointing and stabilization system designed for balloon-borne astronomical payloads. The system is developed using off-the-shelf components such as Arduino Uno controller, HMC 5883L magnetometer, MPU-9150 inertial measurement unit, and iWave GPS receiver unit. It is a compact and rugged system which can also be used to take images/video in a moving vehicle or in real photography. The system performance is evaluated from the ground, as well as in conditions simulated to imitate the actual flight by using a tethered launch.
Kaipacheri Nirmal, Sreejith Aickara Gopinathan, Joice Mathew, Mayuresh Sarpotdar, Ambily Suresh, Ajin Prakash, Margarita Safonova, Jayant Murthy, "Pointing system for the balloon-borne astronomical payloads," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(4), 047001 (14 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.047001 . Submission:
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