CAS members, including a few new faces, and some of our friends from Eddington Astronomical Society were treated to an excellent presentation from Chris and Ross from Cockermouth School's Project Ascend Team.
They gave a behind the scenes insight into the planning and preparations for the launch of a weather balloon from Cockermouth on 12th March 2014, reaching 35,000m and capturing images of the curvature of the Earth. With video of the launch, images from the edge of space and even the capsule and remnants of the balloon itself the talk really impressed everyone. The enthusiasm and ingenuity of the whole team really came across. It's amazing what can be done by a group of school pupils, £400 sponsorship from REACT Engineering, some modern off-the-shelf technology, and very little else apart from hard work and enthusiasm!
An excellent highlights video is available on YouTube, and on the Project Ascend teams website here. The team are promising a more in depth 'behind the scenes' video is in the making.
Well done to all the Project Ascend team, and many thanks to Chris and Ross for an entertaining, informative and very professional talk.