Sixth-form students send balloon to the edge of space in collaboration with The Ogden Trust
At 11am on Friday 28th June, three sixth-form students (Ben Bancroft, Jake Greenwood, and Samuel Bancroft) from William Howard School in Brampton, Cumbria, launched a helium-filled high-altitude weather balloon with a payload packed with scientific measuring instruments.
The project was supported by a Royal Society Schools Partnership grant in collaboration with Schools Science Officer Phil Furneaux and Professor Mike Kosch, both from Lancaster University's Physics Department.
The balloon ascended to 31,685m altitude in about 2 hours and then descended by parachute in about half an hour. Measurements of ultra violet flux, cosmic background radiation, the temperature and pressure were made, as well as GPS data and photographs of the Earth below.
Launch conditions were damp, to say the least. The landing took place in a conifer forest near Richmond, north Yorkshire, 95 km south-east of Brampton. It took 2 days and a drone helicopter to locate the payload, but we are rewarded with video clips of the Earth's curvature from the edge of space, balloon bursting and payload landing. The whole project cost under £500.
This is what the budding scientists thought of the experience: "This project gave us the opportunity to meet and work in cooperation with professionals. It was a great chance to build and develop our scientific understanding in a way that extends beyond the national curriculum.
"We hope that data obtained from this project will be used to inspire young people about physics, and show that its fundamental values are based on using imagination and curiosity to find things out.
"Since we begun this project we've learnt a lot and overcome many challenges. It's been a fantastic experience and we hope other will be inspired when we share what we discover."
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In this report we provide some case studies of our work with external partners during 2013-2014. Read about R&D opportunities with China, new science and technology start-up companies, research with IBM, Booths and regional Small and Medium Enterprises, seed funding for new products and processes, new facilities for hire, free events and training, new companies on campus, plugging the data science skills gap, the Engineering Design Academy, and much more...
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The Faculty’s seven departments have been recognised for demonstrating research of 3* and 4* world-leading and internationally excellent standard in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
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