In-flight performance of the BLAST-TNG telescope platform

Gabriele Coppi, Peter A.R. Ade, Peter C. Ashton, Jason E. Austermann, Erin G. Cox, Mark J. Devlin, Bradley J. Dober, Valentina Fanfani, Laura M. Fissel, Nicholas B. Galitzki, Jiansong Gao, Samuel Gordon, Christopher E. Groppi, Gene C. Hilton, Johannes Hubmayr, Jeffrey Klein, Dale Li, Ian Lowe, Nathan P. Lourie, Christopher McKinneyHamdi Mani, Philip D. Mauskopf, Federico Nati, Giles Novak, Giampaolo Pisano, Javier L. Romualdez, Adrian K. Sinclair, Juan D. Soler, Carole Tucker, Joel Ullom, Michael Vissers, Caleb Wheeler, Paul A. Williams

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3 Scopus citations


The Next Generation Balloon-Borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST-TNG) was a unique instrument for characterizing the polarized submillimeter sky at high-angular resolution. BLAST-TNG flew from the Long Duration Balloon Facility in Antarctica in January 2020. Despite the short flight duration, the instrument worked very well and is providing significant information about each subsystem that will be invaluable for future balloon missions. In this contribution, we discuss the performance of telescope and gondola.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio, Tomonori Usuda
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636774
StatePublished - 2020
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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