Wallops Arc Second Pointer (WASP)
- The WASP System, currently under development, is a NASA provided support system which can point telescopes on a balloon gondolas at inertial targets with arc-second accuracy.
- WASP is intended to be a flexible system that can be used to support a variety of science-provided instruments and sensors to meet specific mission performance requirements.
- Major components of WASP are reusable which reduces the overall costs to the BPO and to users.
- WASP has successfully completed two test flights, in 2011 and 2012, and has demonstrated positional stability at sub-arc-second levels during flight.
- In 2013, WASP is supporting its first pointed science instrument, the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science (HySICS).
- The HySICS systems are provided by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), which is an institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).
- The WASP/HySICS gondola is scheduled to be launched from Fort Sumner, New Mexico in September 2013.
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