August 19, 2014 - Timmins, Ontario - Canadian Space Agency
From August 19 to September 26, 2014, Canadian industry, universities and students from across the country will test their experiments in a near space environment, thanks to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s stratospheric balloon program, Stratos.
Seven Canadian experiments will be flown on these balloons. These include a study of how high energy electrons are lost from the Earth's radiation belts into the upper atmosphere; taking measurements of aerosol, cloud, smoke and dust in the stratosphere; and determining the vertical distribution of water in the atmosphere, which is critical to understanding its impact on climate.
These balloon launches are part of a partnership between the CSA and the French space agency, the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES). Following successful test flights in 2013, both teams are back in Timmins to prepare for their first official stratospheric balloon campaign, Strato Science 2014.
Media are invited to view the first balloon launch only. It is planned for the window of August 19 through 23, 2014, depending on weather conditions. The CSA will confirm the launch date and time on their website and social media networks (Facebook, Twitter).
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