Glasgow Uni reaches for the stars with balloon

A TEAM of students at Glasgow University sent a high-altitude balloon in the air as they competed for an international science prize.

A photo taken from the Anemoi Project high-altitude balloon. Picture: Adrienne Macartney/Facebook

The Anemoi project, conducted by a team of eight and led by PhD student Adrienne Macartney, took place in the skies above Kingussie as the balloon was dispatched at a height of up to 30,000 metres for a two-hour period.

Photographs taken by the unit attached to the balloon – a meteorite contamination measurement device – show the balloon rising towards space. Students tasked with gathering the balloon walked 22km to collect it.

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The Glasgow University team is one of 259 across 47 countries competing in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

A photo taken from the Anemoi Project high-altitude balloon. Picture: Adrienne Macartney/Facebook

Ms Macartney said: “We launched from Kingussie High School at noon with a meteorite contamination experiment onboard, landed at 2pm, drove to the nearest access to landing site by 5pm and had a beautiful walk for 22km to recover the payload, with sunset over snow-capped mountains. It was a great day!”

Glasgow University students prepare to launch the high-altitude balloon. Picture: Adrienne Macartney/Facebook
A photo taken from the Anemoi Project high-altitude balloon. Picture: Adrienne Macartney/Facebook