Up, Up & Away

In an exciting DT project Ben, Edward, Jacob and Samuel researched meteorological balloons and designed their own model fitted with two miniature Go Pro cameras, a Black Box and tracking systems housed in a payload.


The team worked in collaboration with Cambridge University and utilised their predictive meteorological balloon landing software. The balloon was launched from Churchill College Cambridge (see picture above) in perfect stratospheric conditions and climbed to an altitude of 108,000 feet over two hours before exploding as planned and parachuting back down to earth. Whilst the tracking systems indicated where the payload had landed, it still took Mr Hopkins an hour to find it, half buried in a very large corn field. The team were really delighted with their aerial photographs and videos.