Gal/Xgal U/LDB Spectroscopic/Stratospheric THz Observatory: GUSTO

Christopher Walker, Craig Kulesa, Abram Young, William Verts, Jian Rong Gao, Qing Hu, Jose Silva, Behnam Mirzaei, Wouter Laauwen, Jeffrey Hesler, Christopher Groppi, Anders Emrich

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


Gal/Xgal U/LDB Spectroscopic/ Stratospheric THz Observatory (GUSTO) is a NASA Explorers Mission of Opportunity that will make large scale maps of the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud in three important interstellar lines: [CII], [OI], and [NII] at 158, 63, and 205 μm, respectively. During its ∼75 day stratospheric (∼36 km) flight, GUSTO's 0.9-meter balloon-borne telescope and THz heterodyne array receivers will provide the spectral and spatial resolution needed to untangle the complexities of the interstellar medium by probing all phases of its Life Cycle. The GUSTO payload consists of (1) a telescope; (2) three 8-pixel heterodyne array receivers; (3) autocorrelator spectrometers; (4) instrument control electronics; and (5) a cryostat. The GUSTO gondola is derived from successful APL designs. Much of the GUSTO instrument architecture and hardware is based on the experience gained in developing and flying the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory (STO). GUSTO is currently undergoing integration and test and will launch from the NASA Long Duration Balloon (LDB) Facility near McMurdo, Antarctica in December 2023.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy XI
EditorsJonas Zmuidzinas, Jian-Rong Gao
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653610
StatePublished - 2022
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy XI 2022 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 22 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy XI 2022


  • Suborbital astronomy
  • Terahertz array receivers
  • Terahertz astronomy
  • Terahertz telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Gal/Xgal U/LDB Spectroscopic/Stratospheric THz Observatory: GUSTO'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this