Pointing system for the balloon-borne astronomical payloads

Kaipacheri Nirmal*, Aickara Gopinathan Sreejith, Joice Mathew, Mayuresh Sarpotdar, Suresh Ambily, Ajin Prakash, Margarita Safonova, Jayant Murthy

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We describe the development and implementation of a light-weight, fully autonomous 2-axis pointing and stabilization system designed for balloon-borne astronomical payloads. The system is developed using off-the-shelf components such as Arduino Uno controller, HMC 5883L magnetometer, MPU-9150 inertial measurement unit, and iWave GPS receiver unit. It is a compact and rugged system which can also be used to take images/video in a moving vehicle or in real photography. The system performance is evaluated from the ground, as well as in conditions simulated to imitate the actual flight by using a tethered launch.

Original languageEnglish
Article number047001
JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


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