Strato Science 2014 Campaign in numbers

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.

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.

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.

Fact number 4

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

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).

  • 8 balloon flights
    • 3 sizes
      • 100,000 m3
        • Total weight lifted by these 4 balloons: 865 kg
      • 400,000 m3
        • Total weight lifted by these 4 balloons: 1,827 kg
      • 800,000 m3
        • Total weight lifted by this balloon: 1,100 kg
  • 93 european researchers
  • 12 canadian researchers
  • 15 european experiments
  • 7 canadian experiments
  • 28 half marine containers filled with flight equipment
  • 6 semi-trailers of helium for the inflation
  • Flight area in Canada: 500 km
  • 3 times the altitude of commercial flights
    • Altitude of commercial flights: 10 to 12 km
    • Altitude of balloon flights: 35 to 42 km