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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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West Cumbrian pupils sending recording devices into space

Cockermouth School students have been hard at work preparing to launch recording devices into space.

Space mission kids photo
Members of Ascend

The project, called Mission Control Cumbria, will see the team of 17 students work with professionals from west Cumbrian firm React Engineering to send the equipment into the upper atmosphere.

The task has seen the students design and build space kit capable of reaching the highest altitude and recording the curvature of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Their equipment will be attached to a giant helium balloon and will have to record video footage as it ascends into the atmosphere.

To make the project even more difficult, their gadgets must be recovered intact.

The teenagers, who have had to get a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority to hold the event.

Specialists from West Cumbrian firms, Createc, React Engineering and HiDef Aerial Surveying, have been working alongside the students.

Pete Woolaghan, of React Engineering, who devised the challenge, said: “They will need to use a clever mix of maths, science and engineering all the way through to make sure their attempts succeeded.”

Student Catherine Dumbill, 15, of Bridekirk, said: “We’ve had the odd problem that we have had to work through, but on the whole we have worked well together and to time.

Connor McClenan, 16, of Branthwaite, added: “We decided to order ourselves into sub teams focussing on technology, launch, design and PR. Although there are 17 of us, we have worked really well together.”

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