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Réunion de préparation des opérations de récupération des éléments de vol

Meeting to prepare for post-flight operations to recover the balloon envelope and the flight string including the science gondola. This meeting was held as part of the preparations for the PILOT, CLIMAT and CARMEN/CASOLBA mission flights at the Alice Springs facility in Australia. The mission gondolas, lifted by helium-filled balloons, were launched to an altitude of several tens of kilometres in April 2017. Measurements are more economical and simpler to perform using balloons than using satellites. Balloons are able to gather data that would be impossible to collect using ground-based telescopes, as the Earth's atmosphere partially blocks cosmic radiation.

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