Through a partnership with the City of Paris, Airparif, CNRS, GENERALI and AEROPHILE, the balloon Generali located in the Parc André Citroën in Paris, one of the eight sites operated by the AEROPHILE group since 1999 has permitted a major scientific discovery for the health of the Parisians.
Flying up to 300 meters high, in addition to the passengers flight, the balloon Generali carries since May 2013 a unique instrument, the LOAC. The LOAC (Light Optical Aerosol Counter) – invented by the LPC2E/CNRS laboratory, développed and manufactured by Environnement S.A – allows to count Particulate Matter between 0,2 and 1 micrometer through a laser technology.
The LOAC has shown that at the highest peak of pollution in Paris on December 13th, 2013 at 6pm, Parisians breathed the same number of Particulate Matter higher than 200 nanometers as those contained in a 20 square meters room with eight smokers.
Watch the TF1 news, November 24th, 2014 : discover here the video
This discovery made public Monday, November 24th has made headlines on the TF1 News, “Le Monde”, and the main daily newspapers. The information was taken over by all radios and TV information. More than 250 press articles and 1,000 web coverage followed within 24 hours.
Following this announcement, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced the same week a series of measures to fight against air pollution. AEROPHILE is proud to have served this national cause. 231 years after the first human flight in Paris, balloons are always useful to Parisians!