High Altitude Ballooning
We are two students currently in the Upper Sixth at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre (UK) working towards our Gold CREST award. We have had to choose a Science related experiment to carry out; we have decided to launch an unmanned high altitude balloon into space.
The balloon will carry a scientific payload, capable of detecting cosmic rays that penetrate our atmosphere. It will be carrying a camera on board to allow us to get some pictures of the curvature of our magnificent Earth, as it sits suspended in space.
It is important for humanity to further understanding of cosmic rays as they can potentially damge spacecraft and interfere with electronic systems. In an age where we are fast approaching space tourism becoming a reality, it is vital, for the safety of space travellers, that we know as much as possible about these rays that strike our atmosphere constantly.
We will not be able to achieve our award without funding, and at this time, we do not have access to any. Our target is the amount needed for us to complete our balloon flight successfully and gain a greater scientifc understanding of cosmic rays. Plus we will hopefully snap some great images of the Earth!
So if you would like to help, please consider supporting us by donating, it will be gratefully recieved.