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Integrated access to balloon-borne platforms for innovative research andtechnology

Integrated access to balloon-borne platforms for innovative research andtechnology

Objective

HEMERA will integrate a large Starting Community in the field of tropospheric and stratospheric balloon-borne research, in order to make existing balloon facilities available to all scientific teams in the EU. The project involves major space agencies dealing with balloon infrastructures, companies operating the balloons, companies providing the necessary technology and scientific experts.

Balloon borne instruments are suitable for a wide range of science fields, such as atmospheric measurements, climate and environment related investigations, astronomy and astrophysics, space instruments validation and testing of new technologies.

The objectives of HEMERA are to:
- Provide better and coordinated balloon access to the troposphere and stratosphere for scientific and technological research
- Attract new users to enlarge the community accessing the balloon infrastructure
- Enlarge the fields of the science and technology research conducted with balloons
- Improve the balloon service offered to scientific and technical users
- Favour standardisation, synergy, complementarities and industrialisation through joint

The infrastructure deals with a wide range of mission characteristics including altitude, flight duration, instrument mass and volume. Flights can be performed during all seasons at various latitudes, satisfying various scientific needs.

Currently, the HEMERA programme will use the Zero Pressure Balloons for stratospheric flights (relevant for measuring Essential Climate Variables and for astrophysics), additional types of balloons can be considered. HEMERA will give access to launch bases and is thus capable of conducting scientific balloon campaigns, in Europe and abroad, necessary in particular for scientific issues in the context of climate change.

HEMERA includes 3 major components :
- Operational activities to organize and conduct the flights
- Development of innovative technologies and infrastructure to optimize the balloon offer
- Networking
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES

Address

Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 292 300

Participants (12)

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RYMDSTYRELSEN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 244 725

AGENZIA SPAZIALE ITALIANA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 811,25

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 71 175

CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY

Canada

SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 970 027,50

ANDOYA SPACE CENTER AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 53 500

AIRSTAR AEROSPACE

France

EU Contribution

€ 803 137,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 587 353,75

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 195 727,50

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 157 505

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 252 250

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 112 698,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730970

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 108 398,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 991 211,25

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES

France