Basics of Balloon-Borne Telescopes

Steve Benton

Why put a telescope on a balloon? What kinds of instruments can fly? Where do balloons fly, and why is Antarctica a good choice? When…okay, I don’t have a question for this one, but I’ll talk about future prospects, including launches in Canada. And Who: I’ll show off some of the balloon group’s recent adventures during the BLASTPol 2012-2013 flight campaign.