STRATOS, the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) stratospheric balloon program, was created in 2012 through the CSA's collaboration with France's space agency (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.
Since 2013, as part of STRATOS:
- 17 balloons have been launched
- 40 instruments have been flown
- 100 scientists have participated
In addition, 80 students were involved in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns alone.
The Canadian space industry and academia will be part of two stratospheric balloon launch campaigns over the next two years: the AUSTRAL 2017 campaign, that will take place from March 19 to April 20, 2017, in Alice Springs, Australia; and the 2018 campaign, to take place at the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base in Ontario, Canada.
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