August 4, 2021

CNESMAG 89 - Ballooning:a French flair

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.

CNESMAG online

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key figures

Did you know that a balloon project takes two to three years, where a satellite takes five to 15 years? That 107 DAYS is the longest flight duration recorded in 2020 for the Strateole-2 test campaign in the equatorial lower stratosphere? That 1 million cubic metres is the volume of the largest balloon built for CNES in 1982?

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