Current Earth based solar telescopes are very expensive in part because there needs to be a significant investment in mirrors and other hardware to obtain a reasonable image of the Sun.
The SunbYte project aims to revolutionise solar telescope technology by creating a low cost telescope using novel manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing.
We will use the high altitude balloon to lift our solar telescope above the interference of Earth's lower atmosphere to observe the Sun in the H alpha spectral line.
The Earths atmosphere is dense and distorts much of the light which arrives at Earth. This makes solar observations very difficult. A small telescope at an altitude of 30-40km is more valuable than a large and expensive telescope on the ground.
The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). The Swedish share of the payload has been made available to students from other European countries through the collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
Experts from DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project. EuroLaunch, the cooperation between the Esrange Space Center of SSC and the Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) of DLR, is responsible for the campaign management and operations of the launch vehicles.