Wednesday, July 3, 2013

1307.0375 (Sandip K. Chakrabarti et al.)

A New Paradigm in Space Based Experiments Using Rubber Balloons    [PDF]

Sandip K. Chakrabarti, Debashis Bhowmick, Sourav Palit, Subhankar Chakraborty, Sushanta Mondal, Arnab Bhattacharyya, Susanta Middya, Sonali Chakrabarti
Indian Centre for Space Physics is engaged in long duration balloon borne experiments with typical payloads less than ~ 3kg. Low cost rubber balloons are used. In a double balloon system, the booster balloon lifts the orbiter balloon to its cruising altitude where data is taken for a long time. Here we present results of muon detections and recent solar activities, including the light curves and flare spectra in the 20-100keV range. We not only show that we have successfully obtained several flares and there spectra at different altitudes, we also found that the high energy X-ray flux of strong flares at altitudes of 10-13 km (the flight altitude of commercial planes) could be more than the contribution due to cosmic rays.
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