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Here at GoTEK7 we love to hear about how our GPS trackers have worked for you or your company. GoTEK7 were recently sent the story of one of our devices’ adventures into space!
Last year in May after months of planning, a team of students from St Richards College, Bexhill sent a space balloon into near space, 100,000ft into the air (that’s three times higher than airplanes fly!!!!!)
The space balloon otherwise known as ‘Project STRATOS’ was sent up with a camera inside its payload, to take photographs along the way of the curvature of the earth.
When ‘Team Stratos’ were originally planning the design they had to come up with a way of finding the balloon when it landed back to Earth, this is where GoTEK7 came in. By choosing a GoTEK7 GPS tracking device, they could be sure that when the balloon landed they could pinpoint it’s exact location.
For a project such as this, design was everything. The payload had to be kept lightweight and small whilst still capable of dealing with winds of up to 100mph and a descent speed up to 155mph. The GoTEK7 was perfect for this with it’s light weight, small size and robustness.
Incredibly the build was all done on a limited budget of only £300!
‘Project STRATOS’ was launched from the U.K and landed in a field near Lille in France, about four hours after launch. The team easily located the device thanks to a text message sent out by the device with it’s exact co-ordinates. This allowed them to locate the exact position of the equipment.
The project was such a hit that the team were selected to go through to the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition 2013, and are now in the planning stages of another near space balloon project with the use of a GoTEK7 tracker.
For more information and images, you can view the project diary and results on their website http://projectstratos.webs.com/