Observatory Systems and Operations

Pointing system for the balloon-borne astronomical payloads

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Kaipacheri Nirmal, Aickara Gopinathan Sreejith, Joice Mathew, Mayuresh Sarpotdar, Suresh Ambily, Ajin Prakash, Margarita Safonova, Jayant Murthy

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, 2nd Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru 560034, India

J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 047001 (Dec 14, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.047001
History: Received June 1, 2016; Accepted November 18, 2016
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Abstract.  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.

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Kaipacheri Nirmal ; Aickara Gopinathan Sreejith ; Joice Mathew ; Mayuresh Sarpotdar ; Suresh Ambily, et al.
"Pointing system for the balloon-borne astronomical payloads", J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 047001 (Dec 14, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.047001


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