Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base

Did you know? Fact number 1

The volume of the largest open stratospheric balloons used by Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) can be up to 1,200,000 m3.

Did you know? Fact number 2

The height of a deployed balloon, including the flight chain, is about 300 m, about half as tall as the CN Tower.

Did you know? Fact number 3

The envelope alone can be as high as a 35-floor building, or the height of the tower of Montreal's Olympic Stadium; and its diameter is equivalent to the size of 2 hockey rinks or 2 Airbus A-340s.

Did you know? Fact number 4

The area of the envelope, if deployed flat, is equivalent to approximately 8 soccer fields.

Did you know? Fact number 5

For more information on other types of balloons, visit the following website: www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-fr/8510-differents-types-de-ballons.php (French only).

City of Timmins

City of Timmins

La Base de ballons stratosphériques de Timmins

La Base de ballons stratosphériques de Timmins

(Source : Agence spatiale canadienne)

Through a collaboration between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), a new $4-million dollar launch facility was built in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.

The City of Timmins was selected in March 2012 as the Canadian launch site because of its favourable latitude, wind and weather conditions, its low population density in key areas surrounding the city and optimal on-site infrastructure. It was the top pick in Canada for meeting the strict regulations governing high-altitude balloon launches and recovery.

In September 2013, two flights were performed to test the CNES' most recent stratospheric balloon technology. After these successful launches, both teams were back in Timmins for the first official stratospheric balloon campaign that took place from August 2014 until the end of September 2014. A total of seven balloons were launched and seven Canadian experiments were successfully completed.

There are launch bases around the world. There are sites in the Americas, in the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In the past, some balloons were even released from boats!

For more information, visit the STRATOCAT site which lists balloon launch bases and reports on flight news from around the world.