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Backman is an infrared astronomer who participated in several research flights on SOFIA's predecessor, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, which also flew educators in a similar program from 1990 to 1995.
Many studies have relied on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, an infrared telescope that flew high in the atmosphere in a converted C-141 airplane.
Sterling Software held a succession of computer support contracts from the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, the predecessor to SOFIA, and from NASA's DC-8 Flying Laboratory.
91-meter Kuiper Airborne Observatory, a C-141 that flew successfully for over 20 years.
Using an infrared spectrometer aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory Gordon Bjoraker of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE" takes students to the edge of outer space NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory at 40,000 feet.
Sterling Software, building upon its extensive experience in developing specialized software for the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, the SOFIA predecessor, will design mission control and communications software for both ground and airborne portions of the observatory.
The authors cite observations of the star's occultation made by other researchers from the University of Tasmania Observatory in Hobart, Australia, and from NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory.