|Purpose:||The Research component of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Class Grant and Contribution Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology provides financial support to organizations to conduct space related research and development in priority areas. It will support targeted knowledge development and innovation to sustain and enhance the Canadian capacity to use space to address national needs and priorities in the future.
The Announcement of opportunity “ Flights for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST)” aims at:
- Fostering the continuing development of a critical mass of researchers and HQP by providing a training ground for both the current and next generation of scientists and engineers;
- Supporting the development of science and technology relevant to the priorities of the CSA through the use of research platforms including stratospheric balloons, aircraft, sounding rockets, nanosatellites, cubesats, ground-based facilities and field sites.
More specifically, this project entitled " The PAyload for Remote sounding of the Atmosphere using Balloon Limb Experiments (PARABLE): A scientific training program in instrument development and data analysis to support atmospheric remote sounding " has the following objective (s):
- To develop and fly a balloon-borne instrument payload for scientific studies of atmospheric composition and validation of satellite data sets.
- To train new atmospheric scientists in instrument development and data analysis techniques through an end-to-end experience.
- To create a multi-year atmospheric trace gas and aerosol data set at mid-latitudes by conducting regular balloon flights using the PARABLE instrument suite.
- To develop an intercomparison capacity to validate prototype and new satellite instruments by flying them together with the PARABLE instruments.|