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Payload 10 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2013 - 10

University of Colorado - Boulder
Payload Title:

Hydrogen-alpha Exploration with Long Infrared Observation Systems II (HELIOS II)

Student Leader:
  • Caleb Lipscomb
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • 9030 Crosman Hall
  • Boulder,CO 80310
  • Email:caleb.lipscomb@colorado.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Chris Koehler
  • COSGC Director
  • 520 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80310
  • Email:Koelher@colorado.edu
  • Office:303-492-3141
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
1790 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/21/2013
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/02/2013
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/26/2013
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/13/2013
HELIOS II shall observe the sun in Hydrogen-Alpha wavelength. Observations in this wavelength on the ground are hindered by atmospheric interference. HASP will ascend above 99.5% of the earth’s atmosphere, eliminating this issue. The HASP platform offers a cheaper alternative to solar observations than a multi-million dollar orbital satellite. Additionally, the HASP platform’s extended float time will give the payload more time to observe the sun than a regular high altitude balloon flight. This is a re-fly of the University of Colorado’s 2012 HASP team’s mission, HELIOS I. HELIOS II is attempting to re-fly the mission to overcome the technical issues that hindered the HELIOS I mission. HELIOS II will focus on improving the Optics, Attitude Determination and Control System, and Electronic Power System of HELIOS I. HELIOS II shall improve the reliability of these three systems, and attempt to utilize the full float operations capability of the HASP Platform. In addition HELIOS II shall define a standard infrastructure to accomplish future HASP mission. This infrastructure shall consist of a standard Command and Data Handling System and Electronic Power System. Due to the weight and size of the HELIOS II payload, a large payload seat is necessary for this mission.
Payload Application:

Payload Integration Plan: