Go-ahead for First Balloon Launch

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to weather conditions, the balloon launch is postponed. More information will be distributed to the media when a new launch date and time have been chosen.

Longueuil, Quebec, September 9, 2013 – Following the latest weather briefing, the go-ahead has been given for a midnight EDT launch. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the French space agency, the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), are ready to launch the first stratospheric balloon of their Stratos Balloon Program.

When launched, the balloon will ascend to between 25 and 32 km, will fly for about four to ten hours, and should land in a 500 kms radius area from the launch site. If the wind blows 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.

Media representatives are invited on-site to view the launch. Spokespeople from the CSA, CNES and Timmins Victor M. Power Airport will be available for interviews.

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

Time Location What
5 to 4 hours prior to launch
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Balloon launch base
  • Last weather briefing (possible cancellation due to precipitation)
  • 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
8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
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
11:00 p.m.
Airport Fire Hall Balloon is inflated with helium.
0:00 a.m.
Airport Fire Hall Launch (as the launch is happening at night, lighting conditions will not be optimal)

Learn more about the sequence of a stratospheric balloon flight.

Date Time What Where
September 9, 2013Footnote * Launch will happen at midnight EDTFootnote * First stratospheric balloon launch Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (Please use the airport entrance)
4599 Airport Rd
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 7C3

About stratospheric balloons


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The date and time may change without advance notice.

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For more information: Contact us.

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office
Telephone: 450-926-4370
Website: www.asc-csa.gc.ca