The Canadian Aerospace Agency (CSA) in collaboration with the French Center for Space Research (CNES) has successfully tested the use of a balloon to bring research equipment to the stratosphere, opening a new platform, It helps to save costs for the country's scientists in promoting space science.
According to a reporter in Ottawa, on September 12, a remote controlled hot air balloon test flight was conducted in the city of Timmins, Ontario province, Canada.
After 10 hours of flying, the balloon has 'landed' in Senneterre town of Quebec province, about 400km away from the starting point. This is one of two test flights under CSA's stratospheric balloon cooperation agreement with CNES.
Hot air balloon research balloon.(Source: CSA)
In the first test, scientists used CNES's latest stratospheric hot air balloon technology. In the second test, scheduled to be carried out over the next few days, CNES will use the largest balloon with a length of nearly 324m, equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower.
CSA said the stratospheric hot air balloon could carry 1.75 tons of equipment without engines and fuel and could reach a height of 42km, too low for satellites, too high for aircraft while rocket launchers are too fast to collect data.
The stratosphere hot air balloon will collect important data about the Earth's environment and atmosphere as well as help to observe the universe for astronomical research. Moreover, this technique reduces costs by 40 times compared to launching satellites.
CSA President Walter Natynczyk stated that this historic stratospheric hot air balloon experiment started a new opportunity for the Canadian scientific and technical community.
He also said scientists will be assisted in research through the stratospheric hot air balloon research flights starting in 2014. Moreover, this is also an environmentally friendly technique. .
The stratosphere hot air balloon technique also motivates related companies in Canada to continue to improve the feature while reducing the size and weight of the equipment for space research attached to hot air balloons and guards. fine.
Leading these are Xiphons and DPL Science Inc., all based in Montreal, Quebec province.