Work underway to expand Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base

The Canadian Space Agency wants to expand the Timmins facility to give scientists more space to work

Work continues to expand the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base.

This week, City 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 is designed 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, then 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 to build another integrated lobby,” 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 in its first phase.

In its second phase, a new integration room will be built. The tender for this work should be launched shortly and construction should begin later this year.

The first stratospheric balloon campaign to take place 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.

— TimminsToday