Will SuperBIT Become a Low-Cost Rival to Hubble?

James Maynard
Jul 22 · 4 min read

SuperBIT — a new concept to fly a telescope on balloons, could soon rival the Hubble Space Telescope.

SuperBIT could soon rival the Hubble Space Telescope at a fraction of the cost, potentially offering astronomers world wide unprecedented access to telescopes free of (most) atmospheric disturbance. Image credit: See article.

Carried on a helium balloon the size of a football stadium, a revolutionary new telescope could forever change the way we carry out our explorations of the Cosmos.

Flying at an altitude of 40 km (25 miles) over the ground, above 99.7 percent of the…