Stratos, the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) stratospheric balloon program, was created in 2011 through the CSA's collaboration with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES). This program gives Canadian academia and industry the opportunity to test and validate new technologies and to perform scientific experiments at an altitude where only balloons can be operated. Stratos therefore contributes to the training and development of a highly qualified workforce: the next generation of Canadian engineers and scientists.
Campaigns Coming Up
The Canadian space industry and academia will be part of two stratospheric balloon launch campaigns taking place in 2016 and 2017.
The KASA 2016 campaign (August 20 - September 10, 2016) will be held from the Esrange Space Center based in Kiruna, Sweden, while the 2017 campaign will take place in Alice Springs, Australia.
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