History

View of Stratospheric balloon launch from the Prince Alberts airport carrying the EXAM antimatter experiment Prince Albert's airport is located 6km east of the city at an elevation of 427 m and is named for Floyd Glass, who learned to fly in the late 1930s, then served as a military flying training instructor during the Second World War. Postwar, he was the first general manager of the Saskatchewan Government Airways and then founder of Athabaska Airways, which still exists under the name "Transwest Air".

The airport provides a lighted runway of 1525 m with asphalt surface and a grass runway of 686 m. Air service is provided by several companies doing routes throught Canada.

The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) started doing stratospheric balloon launches in Prince Albert about 1985. The main reason to choose the site was that several balloon-borne scientific experiments in the time were aimed to try to capture charged particles so the payloads needed to be flown as far north as possible towards the north magnetic pole, in an area where the earth's magnetic field less affected the incoming particles. The operational philosophy was to launch the balloons and let the winds take them west toward the Peace River area in Alberta for recovery.

Nevertheless, after the last launches in 1989 the NASA balloon program ceased to use the airport for these activities and moved their north location operations far to the east, to Lynn Lake, Manitoba, wich offered a better location from the point of view of the scienfitic results.

Airport's Web site: http://www.princealbertairport.com/

Balloons launched list

DateHourFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
8/9/195713:45 utcF 7 h 45 mSCINTILLATION COUNTER + EMULSION PACK--- No Data ---
8/21/195714:14 utcF 8 h 11 mSCINTILLATION COUNTER + DOUBLE COINCIDENCE COUNTER TELESCOPE + GEIGER COUNTER--- No Data ---
8/30/195713:06 utcF 7 h 7 mSCINTILLATION COUNTER + DOUBLE COINCIDENCE COUNTER TELESCOPE + GEIGER COUNTER--- No Data ---
9/11/1957 F 11 hEMULSION PACK--- No Data ---
9/16/195712:31 utcF 9 hSCINTILLATION COUNTER + DOUBLE COINCIDENCE COUNTER TELESCOPE + GEIGER COUNTER--- No Data ---
6/16/19584:24 utcF 2 hGEIGER COUNTER + DOUBLE COINCIDENCE COUNTER TELESCOPE + SCINTILLATION COUNTER--- No Data ---
8/4/19872:24 utc---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES34 miles W of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
8/13/19872:02 utc10 h 30 mPBAR40 miles N of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
8/15/19871:27 utc14 h 40 mALICE (A Large Isotopic Composition Experiment)20 miles N of Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
8/21/198720:00 local22 hLEAP (Low Energy Antiproton Experiment)2 miles WSW of Mapple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada
8/25/19871:40 utc---LEE (Low Energy Electrons)12 miles S of Coronation, Alberta, Canada
8/26/19882:17 utc---HEIST (High Energy Isotope Spectrometer Telescope)25 miles E of Trochu, Alberta, Canada
8/28/198811:50 utc---SOFIE (Scintillating Optical Fiber Isotope Experiment)3 miles ESE of Malta, Montana, US
9/4/198813:59 utc8 hEXAM (EXtragalactic AntiMatter)8 miles NW of Mistatim, Saskatchewan, Canada
8/31/19891:25 utc19 h 8 mSMILI (Superconducting Magnet Instrument for Light Isotopes)35 miles NE of Prince Albert, Sasktachewan, Canada
9/5/198914:39 utc8 hMASS (Matter Antimatter Superconducting Spectrometer)100 miles ENE of Prince Albert, Sasktachewan, Canada