HiCIBaS (High Contrast Imaging Balloon System) is a balloon borne telescope whose main goal is to demonstrate the usability of high contrast imaging equipment on board a stratospheric balloon flight. The main work for the project is led by a team of five graduate students, under the direction of Prof. Simon Thibault. The main goals of the mission are to:
- Develop and test a new type of Low-Order WaveFront Sensor (LOWFS)
- Develop and test a sub-milli-arcsecond-level pointing system
- Gather data on and study high-altitude wavefront instabilities and errors
- Test optical components (DM, Coronagraph) for future high contrast imaging missions
- Fly the technology in space-like conditions
This work is supported by the FAST program, granted by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). This grant gives an opportunity to train highly qualified personnel by supporting projects involving students and young researchers. Furthermore, the flight will be part of the STRATOS program from CSA which gives academic and industrial projects a way to perform scientific experiments at stratospheric altitudes using balloon flights. This provides a way for small teams to test new equipments and novel experiments in near space conditions.