USask students preparing the equipment for the balloon launch. (Photo: Laureline Sangalli)

USask students launch balloon into near-space for space training program

University of Saskatchewan students are part of an international team that has launched a balloon 30 kilometres into near-space as the culmination of a special training program that will help them become the next generation of space technology and engineering experts.

The launch took place on July 24 at the Cudworth Airport outside of Saskatoon.

The NSERC CREATE International Space Mission (ISM) Training Program prepares future experts in space technology through the participation in projects that will contribute to a Canadian-led launch by 2025.

The four University of Saskatchewan graduate students who participated in the program are in physics, engineering physics and atmospheric science. They will be available for interviews on Thursday 25, along with Kathryn McWilliams, ISM team lead and principal investigator for the SuperDARN Canada, and Laureline Sangalli, ISM instructor and expert on ground-based imaging of the aurora and the ionosphere at the Royal Military College.

Date: Thursday July 25, 2019

Time: Between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm


Physics building, Lab 115
University of Saskatchewan
116 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5E2

To arrange an interview time, please contact Jennifer Thoma as indicated below.

Here is a link to the video of the launch that took place this morning: https://twitter.com/usask/status/1154404547147833344

Here is a link to track the balloon: https://aprs.fi (enter VE5AA in the “track callsign” box)

Read more about the NSERC CREATE International Space Mission Training Program.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan

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