Space Camp 2018
June saw the launch of ‘Space Camp’- a project designed by hi-impact consultancy in partnership with Air Products UK
We are no strangers to pushing the boundaries and stretching ourselves at hi-impact. This is how we’ve grown from a small provider of workshops to local schools to working with more than 25,000 children every year and employing a team of consultants, technicians and media specialists who work all across Europe. Our latest project, however, has taken things to a whole new level!
Fortunately, we are well versed at hi-impact in the launching of these giant balloon-based experiments and we managed to set all three off within 60 minutes despite high winds playing havoc with the inflation and contending with an Air Ambulance formation flight going directly overhead (we always obtain Civil Aviation Authority permission ahead of launches, so the Air Ambulance were fully aware of our plans and liaised closely with us on the phone to avoid any problems). After a lengthy journey deep into Gloucestershire from our base in Mid Wales, all 3 chase teams located their payloads and reconvened back at the site in time for celebratory pizzas! As with all real life science experiments, things can fail and we had limited success with our Pi cameras and a failure of our 360 degree camera. Luckily our GoPros obtained high quality video footage right up to our maximum altitudes and we’re delighted with the images they’ve returned. Sensor information and altitude maps will be presented to schools soon so they can plot their balloon flights and see how temperatures varied on ascent and descent. The ping pong experiments were opened by the eager children that very same evening with Dr Croft and they got to see the effects that the Near Space journeys had had on their popcorn, jelly, tomato seeds or other assorted objects! Mission complete.
Written by Simon Sloan, Operations Manager, hi-impact consultancy