The Search for a Launch Site

The denial of our request left us searching for a new site to launch from.  So, what would make a suitable site?  Most of the students shared that we needed a space that was;

  • free from obstructions (buildings, power-lines, trees or anything that our balloon and payload system could get caught up in),
  • would leave us landing in a favourable location (preferably land based)
  • was located outside the 26NM (Nautical Mile) zone around Pearson International Airport which is the first map below is the outer most ring around Pearson.  The second map shows the major flight corridors in and out of Pearson.

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Armed with Canadian Atlases the students scoured maps of Southern Ontario for sites approximately 1 hours distance away from our school and YYZ.  Numerous sites we identified by the students (our Crew) most falling north and west of our school and well outside the 26NM zone.  Those that I recall the students suggesting were; a community centre in Palmerston, ON., Minto, ON., and Walkerton, ON.

While the students were hard at work, Ms. Harper and I followed up on the previous launch site request that had be denied where it had been suggested by NAVCAN’s AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT team that we consider a launch location often used by a group from York University located at a place called Egbert just outside of Barrie.

Not knowing all of the details about this launch site in Barrie we asked for further information from those at NAVCAN about the site, and those who had previously used it to launch HAB’s. After an email circulated amongst several members at NAVCAN offices we had the location of the York University launches (44 13’ 55”N 79 46’ 50” W)

Next up, gaining permission to launch from this site.  Time to send a few emails to York University and the department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering to see who we would need to speak with in regards to gaining permission to launch from this site in Egbert, ON because from the looks of the image below, it’s not exactly a field we can just show up at, setup and launch our balloon from.

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