Students from the Luleå University of Technology in Kiruna are trying every year to get a project onto a REXUS rocket or a BEXUS balloon. This year multiple teams proposed experiments for both the BEXUS and REXUS program. One of these experiment proposals was from IRISC, our team wanted to bring a near infrared (NIR) camera into the stratosphere to make images of celestial bodies.
This research idea comes from Diego, our team leader. During his internship at the UCSD in San Diego, USA he was discussing balloon-borne telescopes. These telescopes have the opportunity to make research projects more affordable.
The aim of the experiment is to take pictures in the near infrared (NIR) spectrum of astronomical targets outside the solar system for image analysis. The IR camera will be stabilized by a gimbal.