Open House and Opportunity to Attend STRATOS Campaign Balloon Launches

Media advisory

Longueuil, Quebec, August 21, 2018 — On August 22 and 23, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be hosting a number of activities as part of its STRATOS campaign. A delegation from the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) led by its President, Jean-Yves Le Gall, will accompany the CSA delegation represented onsite by its President, Sylvain Laporte, to take part in a series of briefings and activities including a balloon launch.

STRATOS is the CSA's stratospheric balloon program. It provides Canadian universities and businesses with an opportunity to test and validate new technology and perform scientific experiments in a near-space environment.

A stratospheric balloon will be launched at the Timmins Base carrying experiments designed by Canadian teams.

Local Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) summer camp students and media will be able to attend workshops and tour the launch and control sites. Krishna Nair, a Grade 8 student invited by the CSA, will also launch the Project Taurus weather balloon she developed as part of a school assignment earlier this year.

Media representatives are invited to attend the activities listed below.

Date Time What Who Where
  • August 22
  • 8 p.m. ET
Site opening, flight preparation begins CSA and CNES engineers Stratospheric Balloon Base
600 Hangar Road / 4599 Airport Road
Timmins, Ontario P4N 7C3
  • 10 p.m.* ET
    *Time is subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, the balloon launch will be postponed to August 23, at the same time and location.
Launch of a stratospheric balloon carrying Canadian experiments: CALASET, Power Distribution Unit and Battery
  • August 23
  • 1:30 p.m. ET
CSA and CNES Presidents as well as the President of Science Timmins will give welcome speeches to the STEM Summer Camp students and STRATOS participants
  • Antoine Garwah, President of Science Timmins
  • Sylvain Laporte, CSA President
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President
  • 1:45 p.m. ET
Presentation on the development and use of stratospheric balloons to STEM Summer Camp students
  • Steeve Montminy, Manager, Project/Program Portfolio, CSA
  • 2 p.m. ET
Opportunity to participate in:
  • Tour of the balloon control centre, laboratory or meteorological centre
  • Workshop on the lift principle and demonstration of gas expansion
  • Virtual reality tour of the International Space Station
  • Various experts from the CSA, CNES Science Timmins and Timmins Base
  • 4 p.m. ET
Presentation from Krishna Nair on her school project (Taurus)
  • Krishna Nair, Grade 8 student from Burlington, Ontario
  • 4:30 p.m. ET
Launch of a small weather balloon carrying the instrument developed by Krishna Nair

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