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BRRISON

Balloon-borne telescope optical system


In partnership with the Southwest Research Institute
In partnership with the Southwest Research Institute
When comet ISON was first discovered on September 21st by Vitaly Nevsky and Artyom Novichonok in Russia, NASA knew that it was important to gather as much data as possible about the comet before it disintegrated as it passed the Sun. The Ballon Rapid Response for ISON (BRRISON) project featured an azimuth and attitude stabilized gondola carrying a telescope and two instruments on separate optical benches. The Southwest Research Institute had a prototype for a camera that they wanted to launch on the balloon and needed a partner that could take their concept from the laboratory and onto the balloon in three months. HPD worked closely with SWRI scientists to develop their instrument from a lab-based prototype into a flight-worthy instrument. This was accomplished on-time and within budget.

Watch the BRRISON launch video

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