Immervision panomorph lens technology goes stratospheric!
The HiCIBaS (High Contrast Imaging Balloon System) is a balloon borne telescope whose main goal is to demonstrate the usability of high contrast imaging equipment on board a stratospheric balloon flight.
The project is led by Université Laval in Québec, Québec, with international partners COPL, NASA/JPL, CSA/ASC, NRC/CNRC, NUVU, ABB, OMP, Immervision, Iris AO, Inc., SETI Institute, Universiteit Leiden, Univeristy of Victoria, NTCO, Université de Montréal, University of Groningen, and SRON.
The main work for the project is led by a team of five graduate students, under the direction of Prof. Simon Thibault of Université Laval in Québec, Québec, Canada. Professor Thibault is also Immervision Principal Optical Designer and has led development of Immervision panomorph technology.
The balloon system launch and flight will be recorded in super wide-angle, including 220 and 360 degree views, using Immervision Enables devices equipped with panomorph lens technology. The recorded images will be used for documentary and scientific purposes, and will allow the HiCIBaS team to analyse their flight results in full context.
Professor Thibault says “Only panomorph lenses provide the necessary image quality, targeted resolution, and uniform luminosity required for this mission-critical aerospace application. The 360 degree images of the launch and flight will enable a greater understanding of the HiCIBaS results, making our work that much more valuable. Of course, we will also apply any learnings to future panomorph lens designs.”
Learn more about Immervision panomorph technology here.