Pupils’ plea for help after balloon launch goes wrong and lands in sea near Felixstowe
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A balloon launched into space by a Hertfordshire secondary school has landed in the sea near Felixstowe.
Dozens of pupils at Sandringham School in St Albans sent a high altitude balloon 30,631 metres up into the air for a science project at 10.38am yesterday and hoped it would land to the west of Colchester.
But the balloon burst much later than the students predicted – and parachuted into the sea around two miles off the coast of Felixstowe.
Inside it was a red payload box which contained Raspberry Pi computers, GPS trackers and cameras used to stream live images online.
Now students are appealing for dog walkers and passers-by to look out for the red payload box – which was still transmitting radio signals once it had landed in the sea – and contact the school if they find it.
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Tidal conditions suggest it will drift ashore somewhere along the coast in the next few hours.
The school’s director of computer science Mark Allday said: “As a school we are keen to be reunited with our payload box, not because it contains anything of any value, but more to be kept as a keepsake in recognition of the extraordinary achievements of our students and staff.”
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If you spot the box, call the school’s reception on 01727 799560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.