GALLERY: Students send balloon to the edge of space in landmark mission
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Students from Soham Village College boldly went were no students have gone before – right to the edge of space!
To celebrate the end of the summer term, science students planned and launched a mission to near space, with the help of a specially designed Rasperrby Pi computer,
At about 11.30am on the last day of term, students gathered at Kennett Primary School – renamed mission control for the day – to launch their balloon on a two-hour flight into the stratosphere.
The balloon’s ‘payload’ was a small Raspberry Pi computer and camera which collected plenty of scientific data for the students to analyse.
Teacher James Robinson, said: “During its flight students received telemetry data over radio waves and almost live images beamed down from the device.
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“This enabled us to track the payload with great accuracy and plot it’s position on a live map, all went to plan and we recovered the payload near Eye in Suffolk.
“We are still sifting through our data and images - of which we have lots - and hope to be able to use the data for some real science next year.”
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