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Computer Science students achieved ‘near space’ status with their computerised balloon reaching over 101,000ft.
The aim of the launch was to develop a low cost system for gathering atmospheric data, including simultaneous video and photographic data to promote to use of technology in educational curriculum which be recreated in schools and colleges across the UK.
The project was supported by Air Products PLC STEM Ambassador Lynn Williacy.
The balloon carried two Pi computers to collect photographic and GPS evidence along with internal and external temperature and humidity reading technology, showing a temperature reading of -40 degrees at its maximum height.
Some of the retrieved video footage of the balloon is available online posted by one the students involved:
Following the student’s commitment and success of the launch the group were invited to visit to Selenity where they were given the chance to make industry connections, assisting with their understanding and expectations of a career in computing.
Simon West, computer science student said: “I found the whole project tremendously exciting.
“To be involved in the launching of the balloon at each stage, not knowing if you will get it back, or what is waiting on the other side of the clouds for it is really thrilling – then when you get actual data back it really makes it worthwhile.
“Everyone should be given the opportunity to play with modern technology like this and push the boundaries.”
Simon said on the trip to Selenity: “It was fascinating to see how a modern software company operates and what they are looking for in their employees.”