Lost in space? School’s balloon probe is missing
2:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Latest News
PUPILS have proved the rule ‘what goes up, must come down’ – they are just not sure where.
To mark World Space Week, students at Millbrook Primary School, Freshbrook, gathered on the school field last Wednesday to watch teachers launch a Skyprobe and space balloon, complete with a video camera and GPS tracking device, to the edge of space.
The device, which was ordered from California by school parent governor Troy Wilson, was to record data and video footage at up to 112,000 feet for the children to watch once downloaded after its return to Earth.
But after chasing it across the country to the Sussex area, Troy lost touch with the probe and has been unable to retrieve it.
Headteacher Karen Pyman said: “Everyone counted down from ten and the balloon and Skyprobe were successfully launched.
“After the launch, Troy made contact with the GPS system to get a rough idea of where it would land.
“But the GPS tracker stopped working at some point and we don’t know whether it was damaged at altitude or when it crashed in the ground. But we had information to suggest it was in the Sussex area.
“Troy travelled there but could not connect with the Skyprobe. It’s a shame because it would have been nice to have the data and the video but it was still a worthwhile exercise and the children enjoyed the launch.”
Karen went to BBC Radio Sussex to appeal for information on the probe’s whereabouts. Anyone who can help can call the school on 01793 872800.
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