News - Space Balloon Project

On 24th May 2013 a team of science students from Westwood College launched a Helium filled balloon from the college playing fields. The balloon was carrying a GPS and 2 cameras. The objectives of this ambitious project was to take pictures of space, and pictures of the Earth from the stratosphere.


Balloon Facts

The balloon reached an estimated height of 16-18kmIMG_4508

It travelled a distance of 200miles and was picked up from a farm near Lyme Regis!

It travelled at an average speed of over 50 mph.

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A Successful Flight

The balloon took video footage from Leek to Dorset for 3 hours before the batteries in the camera ran out. One camera failed, so unfortunately we got no pictures of space, but we plan to re-launch another balloon using what we’ve learnt from the first mission.


Thanks to our SponsorsPicture 003 (Small)

The Space Balloon Project team would like to extend special thanks to the following:

  • · Sainsbury’s staff, for allowing an essential bag-packing fundraising day
  • · Sainsbury’s customers, for their generous donations that made this project possible
  • · Orbital, for kindly donating a Helium gas cylinder to our project
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