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  1. STRATO SCIENCE 2015: PILOT lifts a veil of dust...

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    October 2, 2015

    With the aim of studying the microwave background radiation (traces of the intense heat in the Universe approximately 380,000 years after the Big Bang), the PILOT astrophysics gondola flew on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 21pm local time from Timmins, Canada. Under a 800,000 m3 balloon, the PILOT experiment collected scientific data for about 24 hours.

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  2. PILOT maps the Milky Way’s magnetic field

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    November 15, 2017

    The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is surrounded by a very dense loop of gas and dust. This loop’s magnetic field has now been revealed by PILOT, a stratospheric balloon-borne experiment being conducted by CNES and the IRAP astrophysics and planetology research institute.

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  3. Second PILOT flight in Australia: smooth lift-off and landing for a 33 hours and 40 minutes flight

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    May 11, 2017

    The conclusion of an epic human, technical and scientific adventure in Australia, riddled with challenges and rewarded with success!

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  4. France-Australia space cooperation- CNES and CSIRO sign agreement on PILOT balloon mission

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    July 21, 2016

    Thursday 21 July in Sydney, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall signed a cooperation agreement concerning the PILOT mission set to launch from Alice Springs in March-April 2017. PILOT intends to map the direction and intensity of the Milky Way’s magnetic field and to gain new insights into the magnetic properties of interstellar dust grains.

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  5. PILOT: the science gondola is ready to leave for Australia

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    December 15, 2016

    Job well done for the PILOT team! Barely a month after it came back from Canada following its first high-altitude balloon flight, the science gondola is operational again. More advanced than ever, it is now ready for its second flight, in Australia.

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  6. Pilot almost ready to launch

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    April 4, 2017

    PILOT's science team is making the final flight preparations in the blistering Australian heat

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  7. News from Pilot in Australia

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    March 27, 2017

    PILOT arrived in Australia in early February, and reached the balloon launch station in Alice Springs in mid-February. The science team arrived on 11th March, to set up the equipment and make flight preparations.

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  8. CNES’s PILOT telescope completes first successful balloon flight over Canada

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    September 22, 2015

    Monday 21 September, CNES’s PILOT project accomplished its mission in the skies above Timmins in Canada. Its payload was able to measure submillimetre polarized emission from the dust that fills our galaxy, the Milky Way, in order to map its magnetic field and study its role in the cycle of matter.

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  9. PILOT: la nacelle scientifique prête à partir en Australie

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    December 15, 2016

    Défi relevé pour l’équipe PILOT ! A peine moins d’un an après son retour du Canada, suite à son premier vol sous ballon stratosphérique, la nacelle scientifique est à nouveau opérationnelle, et encore plus performante, pour son deuxième vol, en Australie cette fois !

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  10. Coopération spatiale entre la France et l’Australie- Le CNES et la CSIRO signent un accord de coopération pour la mission PILOT utilisant des ballons stratosphériques

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    July 21, 2016

    Jean-Yves Le Gall, Président du CNES et Larry Marshall, Directeur général de la CSIRO, ont signé, jeudi 21 juillet à Sydney, un accord de coopération concernant la mission PILOT qui doit être mise en œuvre avec des ballons stratosphériques à Alice Springs en mars-avril 2017. L’objectif de PILOT est de cartographier la direction et l’intensité du champ magnétique de la Voie Lactée et de comprendre les propriétés magnétiques des grains de poussière interstellaires.

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  11. Payload gondola

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    August 22, 2016

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  13. Mission

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    August 22, 2016

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  14. Contacts

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    June 14, 2016

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  15. STRATO SCIENCE 2015: PILOT lèvera un voile de poussières...

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    September 30, 2015

    Contributrice de l’étude du rayonnement fossile micro-ondes (traces de la période d'intense chaleur connue par l'Univers, 380 000 ans après le Big Bang), la nacelle d’astrophysique PILOT s’est envolée dimanche 20 septembre 2015, à 21 h (locales) de Timmins au Canada, sous un ballon de 800 000 m3 pour une collecte de données de plus de 20 heures.

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  16. L'instrument PILOT

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    August 9, 2015

    Les cartographies de complexes proches de la matière interstellaire dressées grâce à Pronaos ont permis de progresser dans la connaissance des propriétés physico-chimiques des grains interstellaires.

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