Something took off from our airstrip and climbed to near space (over 100,000ft) before descending and landing again.
To give you an idea:
100,000ft is in the Stratosphere and is where the ozone layer is located.
It is three and a half times the height of Everest.
Airliners fly about 35,000ft.
The SR-71 Blackbird spy plane flew at 80,000ft.
The Space station orbits only three and a half times higher at 350,000ft.
In contrast Mercy Air fly locally at around 4500ft and only up to to 12000ft when we go international.
If you've glimpsed the photos yet you will understand that this was no ordinary aircraft but three weather balloons that were launched as part of a project organised by Yellobric (http://www.schoolspacerace.com/news/). This was part of their 'School Space Race' program that aimed to encourage school children from around the globe to use maths, physics and geography to build, launch, and retrieve an unmanned craft as high as possible on a budget.
It was a bit cloudy and damp when they arrived on the day of the launch but the lack of wind was a bonus.
There was quite a lot of preparation to ensure all connections were.. er..connected...
|And the crowd went wild!|
There was a nifty website that we used to see progress.
Here is a You Tube video the group made. The Mercy Air portion starts at about 02:40.
Mercy Air team.