ORISON is an H2020 European-funded project created to carry out a feasibility and design study of an astronomically-oriented balloon facility that could deploy one or several small-to-medium-sized stabilized telescopes and a suite of other scientific instruments as light payloads to do state of the art research at acceptable costs.
Advantages of stratospheric observations of meteors:
•Closer to the source
•No clouds blocking the view
•More atmospheric volume available due to transparency of the stratosphere -> larger statistics.
•Interplanetary dust collecting
•Less Rayleigh/Mie scattering (Moon/Sun/light pollution)
•Inside or underneath the event
•Flexibility (new tech)
•Cheaper (100 k€ vs 1 M€)
•Low sky brightness
•UV, Visible, IR and Radio transparent
•Low cost of development (vs NASA and JAXA probes)
•Synergies with other scientific cases
•More flexibility on location
•Missions from 2 h to 100+ days