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Airships Icon Airships

NASA is considering a stratospheric airship challenge to incentivize the demonstration of a long duration scientific platform for both Earth and space sciences.

ARCADE (Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission) is a high altitude balloon payload designed to study the early universe.

BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) is an experiment designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to unprecedented precision.

BICEP2 / Keck Array Icon BICEP2 / Keck Array
BICEP2 and Keck Array follow BICEP and probe more deeply in the polarization of the CMB.

BICEP3 will provide the most sensitive map of the CMB & polarized foregrounds at 95 GHz at the spatial scales where the imprint of primordial Inflation may be found. It is supported by The Office of the Chief Scientist & Chief Technologist.

Boomerang Icon Boomerang
The continuing mission of the Boomerang project is to study the properties of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMBR).

The CO Mapping Array Pathfinder (COMAP) will open a new window on both the Epoch of Reionization (EoR) and the Epoch of Galaxy Assembly by using carbon monoxide (CO) lines to trace the distribution of star-forming galaxies in both epochs.

Dark Energy Survey (DES) Icon Dark Energy Survey (DES)
DES is a optical survey that covers 5000 square degree of the sky and aims at constraining dark energy through weak lensing, SN1A, galaxy clusters, and baryonic acoustic oscillations.

Euclid Icon Euclid
Euclid is a mission designed to study "dark energy", the hypothesized cause of the Universe's accelerated expansion.

FIRS (Far Infrared Surveyor) Icon FIRS (Far Infrared Surveyor)
The Far Infrared Surveyor is a large cryogenic space telescope envisioned as a follow-on to the Spitzer Space Telescope (Spitzer) and the Herschel Space Observatory.

Galactic Emission Mapping Project (GEMP) is a project located in Portugal aimed at mapping the polarised galactic emission at 5GHz and 10GHz.

Herschel Icon Herschel
The Herschel Space Observatory is a space-based telescope that studies the Universe in the light of the far-infrared and submillimeter portions of the spectrum.

Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Icon Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC)
The Subaru HSC survey is an optical survey that covers 1400 square degrees of the sky with the depth of median redshift~1. One of the main science targets of the survey is weak lensing cosmology.

Juno Icon Juno
Juno will fly to Jupiter and orbit its polar regions in order to understand the planet's gross size and structural properties, as well as measure Jupiter's atmospheric composition, temperature and deep wind profiles.

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) Icon Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC)
The LSST is a ground-based telescope in Chile that has been designed to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The LSST is due to begin observing in 2020.

LIGO - Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Icon LIGO - Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a facility dedicated to the detection of cosmic gravitational waves and the measurement of these waves for scientific research.

Planck Icon Planck
Planck is the first European mission to study the birth of the Universe. Planck was launched on May 14, 2009.

Robo-AO is the first autonomous laser adaptive optics system and science instrument operating on sky.

Rosetta Icon Rosetta
The Rosetta mission is designed to study the origin of comets, the relationship between cometary and interstellar material and its implications with regard to the origin of the Solar System.

Spider Icon Spider
Spider is a balloon borne observatory designed to probe the epoch of Inflation through measurements of the CMB polarization on the largest angular scales. Large format planar arrays and wide area sky coverage enable a definitive measurement of the signatu

Spitzer Icon Spitzer
The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 25 August 2003.

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Icon Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
The Square Kilometre Array is the world's biggest radio telescope, to be built in South Africa and Western Australia over the coming decade.

Ten MilliArcsec is a simple visible-light imager system to enable high-angular-resolution science with PALM-3000.

Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Icon Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA observatory designed to perform wide-field imaging and surveys of the near infrared (NIR) sky.

Z-Spec Icon Z-Spec
is a novel millimeter-wave grating spectrometer for observing galaxies throughout cosmic time.

SuperBIT Icon SuperBIT
SuperBIT is a mid-latitude (launch from Wanaka, NZ) ultra-long duration balloon (ULDB), which will provide 100 days of near space-quality imaging of selected galaxy clusters to study properties of dark energy and dark matter.

A unique Astrophysics experiment is set to take place at the Skinakas Observatory, Crete, and the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, South Africa, aiming to clear the path towards the detection of the imprint on primordial light ..

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