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  1. CNESMAG 89- Ballooning:a French flair

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    August 4, 2021

    The intense heat, droughts, storms and typhoons disrupting the planet’s delicate climate balances come with critical risks for populations. For the past 60 years, balloons have proved a platform of choice, complementing satellites with their unique ability to stay aloft for long periods at altitudes of 20 to 40 kilometres and collect in-situ data on winds, greenhouse gases, aerosols and radiation.

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  2. 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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  3. Successful Strato-Science 2019 balloon flight campaign from Timmins

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    October 9, 2019

    The Strato-Science 2019 balloon flight campaign, started in mid-August, has been a clear success. The four zero-pressure stratospheric balloon flights operated by CNES—two for France (CABUX and PILOT) and two for Canada (Life and Super Bit)—were completed without a hitch from the Canadian Space Agency’s Timmins launch site in Canada.

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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. CNES stratospheric balloons. Three major flight campaigns in 2017 for exceptional astrophysics experiments

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    March 29, 2017

    Three major stratospheric science balloon campaigns are planned this year to fly novel astrophysics experiments in the field of Universe science. CNES and French research laboratories have acquired world-renowned expertise in stratospheric ballooning and associated science instrument payloads.

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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. 2010 balloon campaign in Kiruna

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    • Sciences et techniques

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    March 22, 2010

    A series of scientific experiments and technological tests on new systems for balloons took place in Kiruna (Sweden) between April and May 2010. This campaign was based on the use of open stratospheric balloons.

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