Year 10 Trentham High School students sent something into space last week! As part of the Young Engineer of The Year competition run by KMF with the team from Sent into Space and our sponsors Advanced Packaging, we have worked hard all year to prepare our payload before the launch (and named it Wilson). Last week we visited RAF Cosford, had everything checked over and then launched our payload from a field in Bridgenorth. As the balloon began its ascent the tracking systems weren’t working and we thought Wilson was gone forever. With a little help from the RAF we set off towards Bromfield (Tom, it was fate!) and then the tracking systems kicked in as it was falling back to earth. Tracking it across its descent into Shropshire with our space themed playlist playing in the minibus, it eventually landed in a village called Onibury, draped over a hedge with the parachute on one side and the payload on the other. Here’s the amazing footage we captured at 29,881m (18.57 miles).
Well done to all of our team of Young Engineers who now have lots of footage and data to analyse and present – Lizzie Haywood, Amy Robinson, Geraldine Chong, Felicity Nutt, Emily Edwards, Molly Powell, Tom Bromfield, Oliver Morgan, John Parrish, Josh Poole and Rhys Vaughan. Special thanks to our Middle-Aged Engineer of the Year, Andy Haywood – we genuinely couldn’t have done it without you.’
Interview and coverage from YEOTY 2016 Main Mission on 12th May 2016. 25 balloons, 50 GoPro Cameras sent into near space, up to altitudes of 33km.