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During the Strato Science 2014 stratospheric balloon campaign, seven Canadian payloads will be flown, either to test and qualify new technologies or to perform scientific experiments. Details on the objectives of each payload are highlighted in the table below.

PayloadsObjectivesUniversities/Compagnies

Canadian Balloon Experiments for Research Education and Training /Balloon Array for Radiation-belt Relativistic Electron Losses (CABERET/BARREL)

The combined CABERET/BARREL payload consists of two magnetometers and an X-ray detector, with the scientific objective of studying how high energy electrons are lost from the Earth's radiation belts into the upper atmosphere.

These energetic particles can damage, and even disable, satellites in Earth orbit. Understanding the conditions under which these particles are generated will help us to protect our valuable space assets.

University of Alberta

Balloon Observations of X-rays for Education and Research (BOXER)

BOXER is a miniature X-Ray detector that will assist the CABERET/BARREL payload with their common scientific objective of studying how high energy electrons are lost from the Earth's radiation belts into the upper atmosphere.

These energetic particles can damage, and even disable, satellites in Earth orbit. Understanding under what conditions they are generated will help us to protect our valuable space assets.

University of Alberta

Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System Development Model (OSIRIS-DM)

OSIRIS-DM is an optical spectrograph. This payload will test a new optical design for potential use in a future micro-satellite mission that will measure high vertical resolution ozone profiles to improve forecasting.

University of Saskatchewan

Aerosol Limb Imager (ALI)

ALI is an imager that can rapidly scan different wavelengths of light. The objective of this payload is to take high resolution spectral images of the stratosphere to measure aerosol, cloud, smoke and dust, which have important climate and air quality influences.

University of Saskatchewan

Spatial Heterodyne Observation of Water (SHOW)

SHOW is a spectrometer. Its objective is to measure the vertical distributions of water in the atmosphere, critical to understanding its impact on climate. As this is a new technology, the balloon flight will be used to validate that the technology is suitable for a future micro satellite or small satellite space mission.

York University/ABB Ltd. / University of Saskatchewan

Single Solar Cell Electrical Power Converter (SSCEPC)

SSCEPC is a generic power subsystem. This technology will be tested to learn how to reduce the mass and complexity of a future unit.

DPL Science Inc.

Xiphos Q7

Xiphos Q7 is a payload consisting of a new miniaturized data-processing technology that can perform complex processing tasks at a small fraction of the power and weight of conventional processors. The objective is to certify this technology as reliable for use in future sub-orbital and space missions.

Xiphos Systems Corp.


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