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Sep 16 – 20, 2019
University of Stuttgart, Campus Vaihingen
Europe/Berlin timezone

Future Astronomical Opportunities in Stratosphere and Space

Thursday, September 19, 14:00-18:30

Room: Pfaffenwaldring 9, room 9.41

Philipp Maier (IRS, U. Stuttgart)
Bernhard Schulz (DSI, U. Stuttgart)
Lars Hanke (U. Tübingen)

The goal of this splinter meeting is to evaluate the status and the future development of air- and spaceborne astronomy, particularly in Germany, and to offer a forum for corresponding exchange and discussions. The meeting especially welcomes representatives of all projects and efforts that overcome atmospheric limitations by leaving the ground, be they planned or currently active. Examples include the space missions PLATO, FIRI, Athena, and Gaia, or the airborne mission SOFIA.

A special focus of the meeting also lies on balloon-borne astronomy, which has become increasingly popular again in Europe and worldwide over the last 10 to 15 years, but is missing institutionalized support in Europe.  In this regard, the meeting also aims at bringing together members of the European astronomical community with either experience or interest in balloon-borne observations, with a focus on discussing science cases and ideas for future missions as well as potential joint efforts to advance balloon-borne astronomy in Germany and Europe.


Part I

14:00-14:05 Session chairs   Introduction
14:05-14:25 Stefan Jordan University of Heidelberg Gaia’s star catalogues - A giant leap for astrophysics (Presentation)
14:25-14:45 Arne Rau Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestiral Physics The Athena X-ray Observatory (Presentation)
14:45-15:00 Poster Authors   PICO Session

15:10-15:40: Coffee Break & Poster Session (Foyer of Pfaffenwaldring 47)

Part II

15:50-16:10 Iris Traulsen Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam Exploring the deep and variable X-ray sky: The source catalogue from overlapping XMM-Newton observations (Presentation)
16:10-16:30 Philipp Maier University of Stuttgart A new advent for balloon-borne astronomy? (Presentation)
16:30-16:50 Jorge L. Pineda Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths, ASTHROS
16:50-17:10 Andreas Lagg Max Planck Institue for Solar System Research Sunrise-3: a close-up view of the Sun from a stratospheric balloon (Presentation)
17:10-17:30 Mark Pearce KTH Royal Institute of Technology Hard X-ray polarimetry from a stabilised balloon-borne platform (Presentation)
17:30-17:50 Lars Hanke University of Tübingen Ultraviolet Detector Development and Application (Presentation)
17:50-18:10 Guido Fuchs University of Kassel High resolution infrared observations towards late-type stars - Opportunities and Challenges (Presentation)


Related posters:

Name   Title
Ruth Titz-Weider DLR CHEOPS (Poster)
Ruth Titz-Weider DLR PLATO (Poster)
Andreas Pahler University of Stuttgart STUDIO: A first step towards a stratospheric balloon observatory (Poster)
Jean-Philippe Bernard IRAP PILOT: First Results and Inflight Performance (Poster)
Annie Hughes IRAP COPILOT: C+ Observations of the ISM with PILOT (Poster)