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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. 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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  3. France-Sweden space cooperation: CNES at 50th anniversary of Esrange Space Centre

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    October 24, 2016

    This weekend, CNES took part in celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Esrange Space Centre in Kiruna, Sweden. On this occasion, the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), which operates the centre, had invited many space dignitaries and CNES was represented by Jean-Pascal Le Franc, Deputy Director of Planning and International Relations.

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  4. 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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  5. France-Australia space cooperation- Successful Austral 2017 balloon flight campaign- Promising prospects for future cooperation in sight

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    April 17, 2017

    CNES has completed the three stratospheric balloon flights of its Austral 2017 campaign without a hitch, yielding a rich harvest of precious science data on climate, astronomy and technology. CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall visited the Alice Springs balloon launch facility to congratulate the agency’s and research laboratories’ flight campaign teams. He then met several Australian space executives and officials ahead of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Adelaide this September.

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  6. 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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  7. Successful launch of NASA’s EUSO-SPB balloon

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    April 26, 2017

    The EUSO-SPB balloon has taken off from Wanaka Airport in New Zealand to observe ultra-high energy cosmic rays

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  8. 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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  9. 50th anniversary of Aire-sur-l’Adour balloon base- CNES hosts 91st Esrange ESA PAC meeting

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    March 4, 2016

    Thursday 3 March, CNES hosted the 91st meeting of ESA’s Esrange Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) on sounding rocket and balloon launches at its historic Aire-sur-l’Adour base, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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  10. 2010 Concordiasi campaign in Mac Murdo: the Antartic under observation

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    March 22, 2010

    The objective of the Concordiasi mission is to understand better the enlargement of the hole in the Antarctica's ozone layer during each austral spring and to increase our knowledge on climate in those regions. To study the Earth's climate, the atmosphere has to be studied as a whole. Studying the poles is particularly important because of their specific sensitivity to climate changes and the poor frequency of the observations performed by the standard meteorological systems.

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