High Altitude Ballooning with thermochromatic paints

 

This summer we had the pleasure to work with Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts  (FCA) in Northamptonshire. Amongst other things, FCA work with young students from the Northampton and Corby area to develop study skills through art, within the setting of Fermynwoods country park. In July 2016 FCA worked with two sets of students to explore space through art.

WWW.nearspacephotography.co.uk helped the students launch high altitude balloons with their work on board. The students sculptures were coloured with thermochromatic paints sourced from SFXC.co.uk. Pigments were chosen to change colour between the ambient ground level temperature of around 15 degrees Celsius and minus 10 Degrees Celsius. In both flights colour change was observed within the first 15 minutes of flight as the payload passed through layers of cloud. The use of the pigments added a spectacular effect to the students work and engaged them in the properties of the paint.

Video of the colour change in thermochromatic paint during FCAP’s second flight.

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