Esrange Space Center is full of life. Preparations are on-going for two different balloon campaigns with first possible flight next week for both of them;
The light-weight Polarized Gamma-ray Observer (PoGOLite) experiment is designed to measure the polarization of soft gamma rays in the 25 keV - 80 keV energy range. The PoGOLite mission is scheduled to fly from Esrange Space Center in July, with a full circumpolar navigation and recovery in Scandinavia. PI is Mark Pearce from KTH, Sweden. An Aeorostar 1.12 Mm3ballon will be used. The scientific gondola has a mass of approximately 1900 kg.
Campaign site for PoGOLite
NASA Summer Campaign 2012
Long-duration balloon flights at northern latitudes
The 2012 balloon campaign is a continuation of a NASA long-duration balloon flight programme at northern latitudes. By conducting balloon flights from the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden to North America, flight of up to 4-6 days can be obtained, an opportunity that is highly required by scientists within the field of astronomy.
Campaign site for NASA Summer Campaign 2012