We are designing MARGIE as a 100 day ULDB mission to: a) detect and localize gamma-ray bursts; and b) survey the hard X-ray sky. MARGIE will consist of one small field-of-view (FOV) and four large FOV coded mask modules mounted on a balloon gondola. The burst position will be calculated onboard and disseminated in near-real time, while information about every count will be telemetered to the ground for further analysis. In a 100-day mission we will localize ∼40 bursts with peak photon fluxes from 0.14 to ∼5 ph cm−2 s−1 using 1 s integrations; the typical localization resolution will be better than ∼2 arcminutes.
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MARGIE: A gamma-ray burst ultra-long duration balloon mission Band, D. and Matteson, J. and Cherry, M. and Stacy, J. G. and Altice, P. and Guzik, T. G. and Kappadath, S. C. and Buckley, J. and Hink, P. and Macri, J. and McConnell, M. and Ryan, J. and O’Neill, T. and Zych, A., AIP Conference Proceedings, 526, 696-700 (2000), DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1361624
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