Greg Card

The Design and Performance of the Gondola Pointing System for the Sunrise II Balloon-Borne Stratospheric Solar Observatory

Schematic of the Sunrise Gondola
Friday, November 4, 2016

At one meter, the Sunrise Balloon-Borne Stratospheric Solar Observatory is the largest solar telescope to leave the earth. Its aim during its June 12 to June 17, 2013 flight was to study the magneto-convective processes of the sun at a resolution of better than 100 km.

Sunrise II Pre-launch Update

Sunrise II Gondola Photograph

On June 8, 2009 the Sunrise balloon-borne telescope was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden aboard the HAO-developed gondola.

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