BEXCO - Room F(201/202/203/204)
[CRI074] UCIRC: Infrared Cloud Monitor for EUSO-SPB
We describe the design and implementation of the University of Chicago Infrared Camera (UCIRC) built for monitoring cloud coverage during the EUSO-SPB flight (Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon). UCIRC uses two infrared cameras with different wavelength filters (10 micron and 12 micron) to capture images of cloud cover under EUSO-SPB. The two infrared images taken every minute will allow us to determine the height, temperature, and density of clouds between the telescope and the ground. We discuss the design and construction of UCIRC, explicating in particular the techniques and design principles that helped make the module temperature and vacuum resilient. Additionally, we will delineate the image reconstruction process and the pixel by pixel temperature calibration procedure. This paper will posit design and implementation suggestions for future ultra-high energy space telescopes.