17 February 2017

Abertay Space Agency chasing record

Abertay Space Agency chasing record

An Abertay Space Agency record attempt to take the highest 360-degree pictures from a balloon on the edge of space will be at the centre of a new public Open Day.

Members of the student-led society will host the event at 3pm on February 28 at Abertay University where people can learn more about the group and the ambitious launch project, as well as trying virtual reality headsets, science experiments and drones.

ASA President Adam Rapley, 22, an ethical hacking student from Newcastle, said the Open Day would provide an opportunity to discuss the record attempt and attract new recruits.

As part of the project the students intend to send a figurine model of Oor Wullie into space with the balloon then later sell it for charity.

A number of test launches must still be carried out, however the attempt has been scheduled for this summer.

The Open Day will be supported by Dundee Science Centre who will provide a space suit, a bell jar and other interesting workshop items for the event.

Adam encouraged anyone interested in space to attend to learn about the work of the agency.

He said, 'If we pull it off then it will be the highest 360 pictures ever taken from a camera on the edge of space.

'We are all really looking forward to the Open Day and have lots of activities planned.

'It is a fantastic opportunity for the community to get involved with the exciting space science project we are taking on.'

ASA work with Dundee charity Advocating Together as part of their community outreach commitment.

The group works with people who have learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder.

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