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Media Advisory: Go-ahead for First Balloon Launch

Sep 9 2013 12:00AM



LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 09/09/13 -- Following the latest weather briefing, the go-ahead has been given for a midnight EDT launch. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the French space agency, the Centre national d'etudes spatiales (CNES), are ready to launch the first stratospheric balloon of their Stratos Balloon Program.

When launched, the balloon will ascend to between 25 and 32 kms, will fly for about four to ten hours, and should land in a 500 km radius area from the launch site. If the wind blows east, it could land close to Rouyn-Noranda, Amos or Val d'Or. If it blows west, it could land close to Wawa, Kapuskasing, Chapleau or Sudbury. A recovery team will be sent to the landing site to pick up the balloon envelope and the flight chain.

Media representatives are invited on-site to view the launch. Spokespeople from the CSA, CNES and Timmins Victor M. Power Airport will be available for interviews.

Instructions for media on-site (media need to enter via the airport entrance):

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Time Location What----------------------------------------------------------------------------5 to 4 hours prior to Balloon launch base Last weather briefinglaunch (possible cancellation due to7:00 to 8:00 p.m. precipitation) Media will be allowed to film the mission control room (through a window) as well as the payload planned for the 2nd flight----------------------------------------------------------------------------4 to 1 hours prior to Airport Fire Hall Flight chain preparationlaunch approx. 350 m from Members of the media will be8:00 to 11:00 p.m. launch pad escorted to the launch pad in small groups.----------------------------------------------------------------------------1 hour prior to launch Airport Fire Hall Balloon is inflated with11:00 p.m. approx. 350 m from helium. launch pad----------------------------------------------------------------------------Launch Airport Fire Hall Launch (as the launch is0:00 a.m. approx. 350 m from happening at night, lighting launch pad conditions will not be optimal)----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Learn more about the sequence of a stratospheric balloon flight

Date: September 9, 2013(i)Time: Launch will happen at midnight EDT(i)What: First stratospheric balloon launchWhere: Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (Please use the airport entrance) 4599 Airport Rd, Timmins, ON P4N 7C3

(i) The date and time may change without advance notice

About stratospheric balloons:

- Information on stratospheric balloons.

- Video.

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Timmins Victor M. Power Airport
Dave Dayment, Airport Manager

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office

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