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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. Mission

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    August 22, 2016

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  11. Payload gondola

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    August 22, 2016

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