TWENTY FIVE strategically crafted helium balloons have been launched in Severn Park, Bridgnorth, by 23 Schools from across Staffordshire, including Alleyne’s Academy

The event has seen the children use science and technology to devise, create and track these balloons as part of KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year 2016.

RAF Cosford’s dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) team have been on hand throughout the process from the initial idea to fruition today to advise the students as required.


The customised balloons include 2 Go-Pro cameras attached to a balloon and parachute and launched into the edge of space (circa 35000m) to collect flight footage and data for analysis.

A photo taken in space of a model plane!
A photo taken in space of a model plane!


Upon reaching its maximum altitude, the balloon will burst and then fall to earth in a controlled manner using the supplied parachute. This project is being run in association with Sent into Space, a company specializing in edge of space balloon launches.

The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury dropped in on the experiment

Also in attendance was The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury who is an ambassador for this year’s Young Engineer of the Year 2016 award.

The aim of the event and the STEM team involvement is to introduce children to STEM and encourage potential career opportunities available to them as an engineer in the RAF or the civil sector. The team spend a significant proportion of time engaging with local schools, educating children using events like todays.

The team from Alleyne's Academy prepare to launch
The team from Alleyne’s Academy prepare to launch