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9 September 2019 The PICTURE-C exoplanetary direct imaging balloon mission: first flight preparation
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The Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment - Coronagraph (PICTURE-C) mission will directly image debris disks and exozodiacal dust around nearby stars from a high-altitude balloon using a vector vortex coronagraph. The first flight of PICTURE-C was recently rescheduled by NASA for September, 2019. This paper describes preparations for the first flight of PICTURE-C, including the final mission design, flight integration process and observation plan. Laboratory measurements of the low-order wavefront control system and coronagraph performance are also presented.
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Christopher B. Mendillo, Kuravi Hewawasam, Glenn A. Howe, Jason Martel, Timothy A. Cook, and Supriya Chakrabarti "The PICTURE-C exoplanetary direct imaging balloon mission: first flight preparation", Proc. SPIE 11117, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX, 1111707 (9 September 2019);

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