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Payload 09 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2018 - 09

The University of Sheffield
Payload Title:

Sheffield University Nova Balloon Lifted Telescope

Student Leader:
  • Iakov Bobrov
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield S1 3JD,UK
  • Email:ibobrov1@sheffield.ac.uk
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Viktor Fedun
  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
  • Email:v.fedun@sheffield.ac.uk
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Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/22/2018
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 07/27/2018
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/19/2018
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/07/2018
Sun surveillance from the ground is often difficult as the thick atmosphere of the Earth blocks and distorts much of the incoming light. Learning about the Sun is critical in modern society, when solar flares have the potential to cripple telecommunication and global navigation systems. In the UK alone, €22mn was invested in the Space Situational Awareness program emphasising the need to better understand and predict solar events. Project SunbYte (Sheffield University Nova Balloon Lifted Telescope) aims to revolutionise the industry of solar observations by using a high-altitude balloon to lift a telescope to an altitude of 25-35km, where SunbYte has the potential to capture images of much better quality. As the existing ground and space telescopes are large, complex and expensive, the number of scientists who have access to such resources are quite limited. Even though experimental studies using high-altitude balloon telescopes have been previously conducted, these are, in terms of cost, inaccessible to many mainstream research institutions across the world. Combining the latest practices in manufacturing, astrophysics science and engineering, the team aims to deliver a low cost high quality method of imaging the Sun. The experiment was launched on BEXUS 25 from ESRANGE, Sweden in Oct 2017 as part of the REXUS/BEXUS programme. This document will discuss the new design for launch on HASP based on the lessons learnt.
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