HEMERA is a balloon research infrastructure project, funded by the European Commission within its programme Horizon 2020. The project is coordinated by the French space agency CNES and involves 13 partners from several European countries and Canada.
The HEMERA project will offer free of charge balloon flights to the user community. Six zero pressure balloon flight campaigns and several smaller sounding balloon flights are foreseen from mid-2019 to late 2021. The flights of the larger zero pressure balloons, each carrying around 150 kg of payload, are planned from Esrange (northern Sweden) and Timmins (Ontario, Canada). The French base in Aire sur l'Adour will be used for launches of the smaller sounding balloons with 3 kg payload. Launches will be operated by the Swedish company SSC and the French space agency CNES in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency CSA. The HEMERA project will also cover travel and accommodation costs during the balloon campaigns for up to three team members from the selected teams.
Users interested in using the HEMERA balloon infrastructure are now invited to submit their experiment ideas within this call for ideas. The inputs received will be used to assess user needs and to define the following call for proposals that is planned to be issued in July 2018, for experiment selection.