February 11, 2012 in Campsmount in Space, Community, Design & Technology, Extra Curricular Activities, Front Page News, Parents, Staff, STEM, STEM Campsmount in Space, Uncategorized by Mr S. P. Huntridge
I am extremely pleased to announce that the Campsmount Technology College S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering an Mathematics) Club has managed to send up a weather balloon with a GoPro Camera and GPS unit to 100,000ft, nearly 20 miles high, and then recover it again.
The flight lasted nearly 2 hours and was tracked throughout by one of our students, Joe Lindley in Year 9, in his “Mission Control”. For nearly 40 minutes we lost the GPS signal due to how high it was but it thankfully came back on and the balloon popped at 100,000ft and the system came down on a parachute. The unit landed in Caunton Near Newark and had travelled 50 miles down South from School. Two Sixth Form students Andrew Wigglesworth and Rebecca Smith jumped in the Mini with me and chased the balloon down the A1 only stopping for a quick refuel at McDonalds. Joe guided us with pinpoint accuracy to the exact spot where it had landed. After asking a rather surprised and slightly confused cattle farmer if we could go and get it from one of her fields we set off for a walk for a mile or so and found the system sitting happy with everything working fine still in the middle of a field.
The video is nearly 60mins long and was only cut short due to the vacuum inside the camera casing collapsing one of the buttons down. It is a simply outstanding view and you can see our school and all surrounding villages. At some points you can see the River Ouse snaking towards the Humber and just on the horizon the North Sea.
A simply amazing achievement and a massive WELL DONE to all the S.T.E.M. Club students, staff and Smartassess who have made this project possible.
The sky is no longer the limit!!
Mr S. P. Huntridge.