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Stratospheric Balloons for Planetary Science and the Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) Mission SummaryNASA and the planetary science community have been exploring the potential contributions approximately 200 questions raised in the Decadal Survey have identified about 45 topics that are potentially suitable for addressing by stratospheric balloon platforms. A stratospheric balloon mission was flown in the fall of 2014 called BOPPS, Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science. This mission observed a number of planetary targets including two Oort cloud comets. The optical system and instrumentation payload was able to provide unique measurements of the intended targets and increase our understanding of these primitive bodies and their implications for us here on Earth. This paper will discuss the mission, instrumentation and initial results and how these may contribute to the broader planetary science objectives of NASA and the scientific community. This paper will also identify how the instrument platform on BOPPS may be able to contribute to future balloon-based science. Finally the paper will address potential future enhancements and the expected science impacts should those enhancements be implemented.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Kremic, Tibor (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Cheng, Andrew F. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Hibbitts, Karl (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Young, Eliot F. (Southwest Research Inst. Boulder, CO, United States)
Ansari, Rafat R. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Dolloff, Matthew D. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Landis, Rob R. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
June 15, 2015
Publication Date
March 7, 2015
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
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Meeting Information
IEEE Aerospace(Big Sky, MT)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 811073.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Planetary Science

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