Space Launch FAQs

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Near Space FAQs and Useful Links

On this page we’ll try and provide some answers to the more frequently asked questions that you may have and also links to some useful resources.

Q1.  What equipment will we be using to launch our micro:bit experiments into near-space?

We will be ordering our weather balloon and other near-space equipment from Sent Into Space.  They have some great tutorials and information available on their site.

Q2.  When will the launch be?

We are hoping that the launch will be in early May when the weather is a little better for this kind of launch!  We also have to seek approval from the Civil Aviation Authority so that may change our plans a little.

Q3.  What will we be measuring and how?

During our first lesson we discussed what to measure and have an initial shortlist.  We spent the rest of Lesson 1 looking at ways to measure temperature but we also want to measure:  Altitude, Pressure, Light levels, sound and acceleration.  As we explore these topics further we will share our lessons with you!  We will be using our BBC micro:bits to do all of the experiments, connecting different sensors when needed to the micro:bit devices.

Q4.  How will we track and retrieve our launch payload?

As we can’t transmit our data/video footage then we need to retrieve our payload so that we can analyse our data and review the video captured! In order to do this we’ll need to know where the box has landed & we’ve chosen to use two methods of doing this. The first is a GPS transmitter that uses a mobile phone SIM to send a text message with GPS co-ordinates and, as the mobile coverage in Norfolk isn’t always great, we’ll also be using a satellite tracking device which will show us the position of the box on a map.

More details about each of these devices can be found on the Sent Into Space website.

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