The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Status and Science overview

Bengt-Göran Andersson

SOFIA Science Center, Universities Space Research Association

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is now in its final development phase. The airplane is flying with the cavity door open to the air, the telescope assembly has been operated in flight, instruments are ready to go. First light observing and the first open call for proposals will both occur yearly 2010. A revised Science Vision for SOFIA has been generated showing that the observatory will provide an important complement to the Herschel and JWST missions and as a platform for technology development. I will discuss the status of the observatory, highlight selected parts of the SOFIA Science Vision and the "Basic Science" Call for Proposal.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2010
Time: 11:30
Where: Université de Montréal
  Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, Local D-460
Contact: Jean Dupuis