Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

August 29, 2013 11:41 ET

Media Advisory: First Stratospheric Balloons Launch From Timmins

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2013) - In early September, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the French space agency, the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), will launch from Timmins Ontario the first two stratospheric balloons of their Stratos Balloon Program.

Flight Size of the balloon Date Description
1st test flight 100,000m3 Between September 3-8 First test flight to qualify CNES' new balloon operation system.
2nd test flight 800,000m3 and nearly 324 metres in length-equal to the height of the Eiffel Tower Between September 9-17 Second test flight with two Canadian payloads aboard:

Canadian firm DPL Science Inc. will test a generic-power subsystem that could potentially be used in subsequent balloon campaigns and onboard satellites.

Canadian firm Xiphos will test a payload consisting of a new miniaturized data-processing card technology. Xiphos hopes to certify this technology for use in future space missions.

Weather conditions will be monitored closely every day to determine when the launches can take place. Once the go-ahead is given, preparation for the launch will start. When released, the balloon will fly for about four to ten hours and will typically land in a 500 km radius area from the launch site. If the winds blow east, it could land close to Rouyn-Noranda, Amos or Val d'Or. If it blows west, it could land close to Wawa, Kapuskasing, Chapleau or Sudbury. A recovery team will be sent to the landing site to pick up the balloon envelope and the flight chain.

Spokespeople from the CSA, CNES and Timmins Victor M. Power Airport will be available for interviews on launch day.

Instructions for media on-site (media need to enter via the airport entrance):

Time Location What
5 to 4 hours prior to launch Balloon launch base Last weather briefing
Media will be allowed to film the mission control room (through a window) as well as the payload planned for the 2nd flight
4 to 1 hours prior to launch Airport Fire Hall approx. 350 m from launch pad Flight chain preparation
Members of the media will be escorted to the launch pad in small groups.
1 hour prior to launch Airport Fire Hall Balloon is inflated with helium.
Launch Airport Fire Hall Launch (depending on the time of day, lighting conditions might not be optimal)

Learn more about the sequence of a stratospheric balloon flight

Date: First launch: between September 3 and September 8*
Second launch between September 9 and September 17*
Time: Stratospheric balloon launches depend on weather conditions. They take place early in the morning or in the evening.
CSA will issue a media advisory about 12 hours prior to the launches once a date and time have been set.*
What: Two stratospheric balloon launches
Where: Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (Please use the airport entrance)
4599 Airport Rd,
Timmins, ON
P4N 7C3

* The date and time may change without advance notice.

About stratospheric balloons:

- Information on stratospheric balloons.

- Video.

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