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Wallops Arc Second Pointer (WASP)

  • The WASP system, currently under development, is a NASA-provided support system that can point telescopes on 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 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 supported 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), 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.

WASP Flight Overview

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WASP Design

NASA Code 820

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