August, 24th 2014, 8:53 pm. The first Spanish Infrared Camera for space applications has been successfully launched on board the EUSO-balloon. As the Sun sets and the sky lights up in changing hues of ochre and rose, a stratospheric balloon suddenly takes off and rises at impressive speed above Timmins, Ontario (Canada). A payload of about 450 kg is following a hundred meters below.
On August 25, 2014, the gondola of the balloon splashed down in a small lake (coordinates: 48° 39' 10.9" N 82° 41' 14.6" W).
The balloon flight was planned for August 19, 2014. However it was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. On the other hand, it took extra time to go deeper in functional testing.
The first balloon flight campaign was performed in Timmins (Ontario, Canada). Everyone involved in the integration process was at the balloon base (Victor M. Power airport).
Orbital Aerospace ha diseñado y desarrollado la cámara de infrarrojos, que será lanzada al espacio desde Canadá.