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Strato-Science 2015 STRATOS campaign

The STRATOS campaign took place from to in Timmins, Ontario. Through this mission, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) provided a stratospheric flight opportunity for six payloads developed by industry and academia, as well as support and expert advice for payload preparation and integration.

Payload technical descriptions

Balloon-borne Imaging Testbed (BIT)

Developed by Professor Barth Netterfield from the University of Toronto, this wide-field imaging telescope prototype was designed to provide the highest resolution, visible light images of any instrument other than the Hubble Space Telescope. The objective of the flight was to validate a new method for making high-quality astronomical observations from a balloon. This half-metre telescope was designed to demonstrate that it is possible to look at stars and galaxies at a much higher resolution than can be done from the ground.

Developed by: 
University of Toronto
Principal investigator: 
Barth Netterfield

PAyload for Remote sounding of the Atmosphere using Balloon Limb Experiments (PARABLE)

Under the scientific leadership of Professor Kaley Walker from the University of Toronto, PARABLE is a suite of four payloads working together to take measurements of the atmosphere for climate change science and atmospheric pollution studies:

Developed by: 
University of Toronto
Principal investigator: 
Kaley Walker

Self-contained 360° camera rig

The 360° camera rig is a set of high-resolution cameras using a revolutionary 360-degree technology that captured a sub-orbital view of Earth during the balloon's 38-km ascent and flight into the stratosphere. DEEP Inc. is behind this new technology.

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