Attitude determination for balloon-borne experiments

@inproceedings{Gandilo2014AttitudeDF,
  title={Attitude determination for balloon-borne experiments},
  author={N. Gandilo and P. Ade and M. Amiri and F. E. Angile and S. Benton and J. Bock and J. Bond and S. Bryan and H. Chiang and C. Contaldi and B. Crill and M. Devlin and B. Dober and O. Dor{\'e} and M. Farhang and J. Filippini and L. Fissel and A. Fraisse and Y. Fukui and N. Galitzki and A. Gambrel and S. Golwala and J. Gudmundsson and M. Halpern and M. Hasselfield and G. Hilton and W. Holmes and V. Hristov and K. Irwin and W. Jones and Z. Kermish and J. Klein and A. Korotkov and C. Kuo and C. Mactavish and P. Mason and T. Matthews and K. Megerian and L. Moncelsi and T. Morford and T. Mroczkowski and J. Nagy and C. Netterfield and G. Novak and D. Nutter and R. O’Brient and E. Pascale and F. Poidevin and A. Rahlin and C. Reintsema and J. Ruhl and M. Runyan and G. Savini and D. Scott and J. Shariff and J. Soler and N. Thomas and A. Trangsrud and M. Truch and C. Tucker and G. Tucker and R. Tucker and A. Turner and D. Ward-Thompson and A. Weber and D. Wiebe and E. Young},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation},
  year={2014}
}
An attitude determination system for balloon-borne experiments is presented. The system provides pointing information in azimuth and elevation for instruments flying on stratospheric balloons over Antarctica. In-flight attitude is given by the real-time combination of readings from star cameras, a magnetometer, sun sensors, GPS, gyroscopes, tilt sensors and an elevation encoder. Post-flight attitude reconstruction is determined from star camera solutions, interpolated by the gyroscopes using an… Expand
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