View Full Version : Blimp-borne telescopes could rival Hubble

Kullat Nunu
2006-Jun-21, 10:34 AM
New Scientist Space (http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn9377&feedId=space_rss20):

High-tech blimps could soon provide Hubble-like views of the sky at a small fraction of the cost of a space-based mission, a new study concludes.

Several companies, including Lockheed Martin, have been developing solar-powered blimps that pilot themselves and could remain aloft for months or even years at a time. [...] But astronomers have also dreamed of using the blimps because they would operate at altitudes of 20 kilometres or higher above 95% of the atmosphere. Telescopes at such altitudes would provide clear, space-like views of the heavens.

Kullat Nunu
2006-Jun-21, 10:37 AM
Weight restrictions prevent large telescopes, but even a 0.5-m wide field telescope would be very useful.

Kullat Nunu
2006-Jun-21, 12:01 PM
There's another thread (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=43071) on the subject with discussion already in full swing.

2006-Jun-21, 03:46 PM
It's nice when Fraser ToSeek's New Scientist.

Ara Pacis
2006-Jun-21, 07:06 PM
Well, we could always adjust this thread's topic a bit to discuss optics in balloons in general. Maybe a laser could be mounted and used in strategic or theatre missile defense.

2006-Jun-21, 07:55 PM
It's nice when Fraser ToSeek's New Scientist.
Yeah, I beat them by 2 days.

2006-Jun-22, 10:21 AM
I once thought about taking a telescope in a balloon, but i thought, how the heck am i gonna look up?

2006-Jun-29, 09:10 PM
Space based scopes will always have their uses. I can't wait for a solar foci scope.

2006-Jul-02, 05:37 AM
That is... different, very cool, but different.