NASA has selectedÂ Ball Aerospace & TechnologiesÂ to design and develop a cryostat for a science mission that aims to measure emissions from the interstellar medium and studyÂ the life cycle of interstellar gas in the Milky Way.
Ball Aerospace said ThursdayÂ it will build theÂ cryostat to generate aÂ temperature-controlled forÂ detectors of the University of Arizona-led Galactic/Extragalactic Ultralong Duration Balloon Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory mission.
GUSTO will utilize superconducting detectors to make precision measurements on the emission lines fromÂ carbon, oxygen and nitrogen in the interstellar medium as well as the dust particles between stars from near-space in a push toÂ study the phases of star formation and evolution.
Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager of Ball Aerospace’s civil space business, said the company will collaborateÂ with NASA and the University of Arizona to supportÂ galaxy research efforts through the GUSTO mission.
NASA’s Ultralong Duration Balloon is scheduled to launch the GUSTO mission in December 2021 and will carry the payload to an altitude of 110,000 feet above the ground from McMurdo, Antarctica, for approximately 170 days.
The GUSTO team also includes the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sandia National Laboratories and the Netherlands Institute for Space Research.