Stratospheric Balloons for Planetary Science and the Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) Mission Summary
- Ansari, Rafat R.
- March 7, 2015.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Young, Eliot F., Hibbitts, Karl, Landis, Rob R., Kremic, Tibor, Dolloff, Matthew D., and Cheng, Andrew F.
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- NASA and the planetary science community have been exploring the potential contributions approximately 200 questions raised in the Decadal Survey have identified about 45 topics that are potentially suitable for addressing by stratospheric balloon platforms. A stratospheric balloon mission was flown in the fall of 2014 called BOPPS, Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science. This mission observed a number of planetary targets including two Oort cloud comets. The optical system and instrumentation payload was able to provide unique measurements of the intended targets and increase our understanding of these primitive bodies and their implications for us here on Earth. This paper will discuss the mission, instrumentation and initial results and how these may contribute to the broader planetary science objectives of NASA and the scientific community. This paper will also identify how the instrument platform on BOPPS may be able to contribute to future balloon-based science. Finally the paper will address potential future enhancements and the expected science impacts should those enhancements be implemented.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20150010715., GRC-E-DAA-TN21680., and IEEE Aerospace; 7-14 Mar. 2015; Big Sky, MT; United States.
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