CANSAT runners up take to the skies courtesy of Near Space Photography

On Monday 29th June 2015 the runners of the CANSAT competition were sent heavenwards courtesy of Near Space Photography.



A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The UK branch of the European Space Education Resources Office (ESERO-UK) organised a UK CanSat Competition earlier this year and Tonbridge school were runners up in the competition. As a reward Near Space Photography offered to take the CATSAT much higher than the 30 m tethered balloon operated in the competition.

On Monday this offer became a reality as the CANSAT was taken skywards by a high altitude balloon operated by Near Space Photography. The balloon flight was shorter than forecast but the payload was recovered from the roof of a polythene  tunnel at a large nursery near Hertford, Hertfordshire.

forecast vs profile google earth

Forecast (yellow) and actual high altitude balloon track (red).


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