(Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope)
(balloon-borne 1.8 m submillimeter telescope)
Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope)
is a 1.8-meter far infrared telescope
that is flown in a high-altitude balloon.
It has made several flights from different locations,
including Antarctica, its first operational
flight in 2005. Its second operational flight damaged
the original 2-meter operational mirror,
which was replaced by a 1.8 meter mirror.
Its instrument is an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer, modeled after
the Herschel Space Observatory SPIRE design, and the project
served as a pilot for that instrument.
A follow-on balloon-borne project, BLASTPol,
including polarimetry was carried in the 2010-2012 time frame.
A third version, BLAST-TNG flew in January 2020.
|Prefix||Example|| || |
|BLAST||BLAST J065837-555708|| || |