Author Archives: Project BLAST

Thermal Design

by Sarah Varley When designing anything that goes into space there is a lot of consideration into the thermal environment that the object will encounter. Depending on the mission, temperatures on board can reach exceedingly low levels, and these extreme environments can cause parts or even the whole satellite to shut down. Thermal engineers design [...]

Launch 2 report – 2nd March

As previously stated, the aim of the launch was to give the project group experience at launching and recovering a high altitude balloon with a payload. We also planned to fly SHARP in its modified form for the first time carrying with it the BLAST smartphone running the custom built application. Data from the smartphone [...]

Launch 1 update – 23rd February

Unfortunately we have had to abort tomorrows launch because of unforeseen circumstances. This is obviously very disappointing for the group as a lot of work has gone in over the last fortnight to prepare ourselves for this weekend. We will now take this effort and attempt to launch next weekend (2nd/3rd), weather dependent. Further information [...]

Launch 1 – 23rd February

The BLAST Team are excited to announce that our “real” first launch will be this weekend! Weather conditions look good, and we are looking to launch from the same place we mentioned last time, Dover’s Hill, Gloucestershire, between 10am and 12pm on Saturday 23rd February. If weather conditions worsen, we might postpone the launch to [...]

Launch info update

We have aborted the full launch this weekend. The most recent HABHUB predictions suggest that the the track will be unfavourable on both Saturday and Sunday. We have entertained the idea of overfilling the balloon and also an early cutdown, however this still leaves us heading within the M25 and London airspaces. As mentioned before, [...]

Our first launch is coming up

The BLAST team are excited to announce that our first launch will be next weekend! Weather permitting, we are looking to launch from Dover’s Hill, Gloucestershire around midday on either Saturday 8th of Sunday 9th, whichever is most favourable. If we are unable to find favourable conditions we have planned an alternative tethered launch to [...]

Mobile Phone Selection Criteria

by Marco Placidi In any engineering application, from aircrafts to solar panels, the process to achieve a final product is long and complex, and it might be hard for an outsider to grasp all the hard work that needs to be done to even to take the simplest decisions. Throughout the years, many methodologies have [...]