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Robust diffraction-limited NIR-to-NUV wide-field imaging from stratospheric balloon-borne platforms -- SuperBIT science telescope commissioning flight & performance

@article{Romualdez2019RobustDN,
  title={Robust diffraction-limited NIR-to-NUV wide-field imaging from stratospheric balloon-borne platforms -- SuperBIT science telescope commissioning flight \& performance},
  author={L Javier Romualdez and Steven J Benton and Anthony M. Brown and P Clark and Christopher J. Damaren and T. F. Eifler and Aur'elien A. Fraisse and Mathew N. Galloway and Ajay Gill and John W. Hartley and Bradley Holder and Eric M. Huff and Mathilde Jauzac and William C. Jones and David J. Lagattuta and Jason S.-Y. Leung and Lun Li and Thuy Vy T. Luu and Richard J. Massey and Jacqueline McCleary and James R. Mullaney and Johanna M. Nagy and Calvin Barth Netterfield and Susan M. Redmond and Jason D. Rhodes and Jurgen Schmoll and Mohamed M. Shaaban and Ellen Sirks and Sut-Ieng Tam},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
  year={2019}
}
At a fraction the total cost of an equivalent orbital mission, scientific balloon-borne platforms, operating above 99.7% of the Earth's atmosphere, offer attractive, competitive, and effective observational capabilities -- namely space-like resolution, transmission, and backgrounds -- that are well suited for modern astronomy and cosmology. SuperBIT is a diffraction-limited, wide-field, 0.5 m telescope capable of exploiting these observing conditions in order to provide exquisite imaging… 
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