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SuperHERO: The Next Generation Hard X-Ray HEROES TelescopeSuperHERO is a new high-sensitivity Long Duration Balloon (LDB)-capable, hard-x-ray (20-75 keV) telescope for making novel astrophysics and heliophysics observations. The proposed SuperHERO payload will be developed jointly by the Astrophysics Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the Solar Physics Laboratory and Wallops Flight Facility at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. SuperHERO is a follow-on payload to the High Energy Replicated Optics to Explore the Sun (HEROES) balloon-borne telescope that recently launched from Fort Sumner, NM in September of 2013. The HEROES core instrument is a hard x-ray telescope consisting of x-ray 109 optics configured into 8 modules. Each module is aligned to a matching gas-filled detector at a focal length of 6 m. SuperHERO will make significant improvements to the HEROES payload, including: new solid-state multi-pixel CdTe detectors, additional optics, the Wallops Arc-Second Pointer, alignment monitoring systems and lighter gondola.
Document ID
20140012947
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Wilson-Hodge, Colleen A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Gaskin, Jessica A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Christe, Steven D. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Elsner, Ronald F. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Ramsey, Brian D. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Seller, Paul (Rutherford Appleton Lab. Oxford, United Kingdom)
Shih, Albert Y. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Stuchlik, David W. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA, United States)
Swartz, Douglas A. (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL, United States)
Tenant, Allyn F. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Wilson, Matthew D. (Rutherford Appleton Lab. Oxford, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
October 10, 2014
Publication Date
August 17, 2014
Subject Category
Astronomy
Optics
Report/Patent Number
M14-4028
Meeting Information
AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Meeting(Chicago, IL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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