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.