Welcome back! We all hope that you had a great break and that you’re raring for some more space-based action.
And now for some great news…
We’re out in Germany and have been battling against high winds and grey skies to complete a balloon launch! The balloon was released at 11am this morning and was out of sight very quickly. The tracking team were already on the road by the time the balloon was launched, speeding away to the predicted spot where the payload would land.
At 37,000 metres the planes and their precious cargo of Samsung memory cards were released (about 3 hours after the launch), flying down to earth to be found by lucky members of the public. The balloon burst and dropped to earth, taking just half an hour to reach the ground! Our tree-climbing skills were put to the test as the balloon and rig had landed 20 metres up a tree in a forest (the big stick helped…).
We managed to recover the footage from the cameras and are busy putting it all together so that you can see what happened today.
In the meantime, check out these photos, aren’t they awesome (and isn’t that balloon massive)?