Students' space probe snaps Isle of Wight from above

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 

Students' space probe snaps Isle of Wight from above

The Isle of Wight, as seen from space probe created by Queen Mary Grammar School, Walsall.

A SPACE probe, launched by a group of school children in the Midlands on Saturday, has captured an impressive picture of the Isle of Wight.

The photograph was taken on Saturday by the Gagarin probe, the third probe launched by the Near Space Programme at the Queen Mary Grammar School, Walsall.

The programme is the only one of its kind in the country and brings together talented youngsters from across the school, who work on everything from the science and engineering to PR and sponsorship.

On board Gagarin was a Canon camera, bought on eBay and modified by the youngsters, who rewrote some of its integral software to take pictures throughout its journey.

The probe, carried by a helium-filled weather balloon, reached 35,118m before parachuting back to earth β€” and landing safely on a grass verge in Swindon.

The team was able to recover the probe thanks to onboard tracking systems, including a modified mobile phone that sent GPS co-ordinates and photos of the landing site.

Maths teacher Adam Coghlan said competition to join the 11 strong project team was tough, with students going through an application and interview.

"We had some phenomenal applications from some unexpected students. It’s a great project for bringing together students with different skills," he said.

The group missed out on their target to beat the altitude of 39,000km reached by daredevil Felix BaumGartner in 2012.

See a video of the launch below:

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

Comments

Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Police investigate roadside brawl

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  2. Historic building vandalised

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  3. Fight over holiday park scheme

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  4. Mod mania on the Isle of Wight

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  5. Effort to save fallen horse fails

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map