The Canadian Space Agency wants to expand the Timmins facility to give scientists more space to work
Work continues to enlarge the base of the stratospheric balloon.
This week, Timmins Council awarded a $148,654 contract to Cy Rheault Construction Ltd. to move a garage and a small trailer shed, as well as to carry out work on the site. Although the position does not appear in the 2022 budget, the City will be reimbursed for the cost of the work.
The Stratospheric Balloon Facility is located at Timmins Victor M. Power Airport in a secure area near MNR buildings. The city owns the base, which is leased to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The launches are a partnership between the CSA and the French space agency.
The expansion aims to give scientists more space to work on the payloads, especially at the start of launches when there are weather delays or multiple projects underway.
“If they get a delay in the launch, they can bring in the next group of scientists and piggyback on them and there’s not enough room for all of them if they’re there at the same time, so they want build another integration room,” said Timmins Airport Manager Dave Dayment.
In January, L360 Architecture was hired to be the design and contract administration consultant for the expansion, which is the first phase of the expansion.
The second phase is the tender for the new integration room, which should be released soon. Construction is expected to begin later this year.
The first stratospheric balloon campaign in Timmins in 2013 was a qualifying campaign.
Launches also took place in 2014, 2015 and 2019.
For a better idea of what the stratospheric base does, check out a story about the 2019 launch here.