Horizon is Queen Mary's Grammar School's near space programme.Founded in 2012, the project provides our School and its pupils with an incredibly enriching and memorable experience. Horizon also aims to raise the profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within QMGS and the wider community. Using high-altitude balloons, we fly our probes far beyond the breathable atmosphere of the troposphere and out into the blackness of the stratosphere.
Aiming to beat the altitude achieved by Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team of 39045m. Our secondary goal was to achieve a top ten Amateur World Altitude Record. The team used the first hydrogen filled balloon and a redesigned flight computer, reducing its size and lowering its power consumption.
Planning to capture the sunrise over our planet and inspire others through our actions. Involved the development of a mathematical model to predict the time of the sun rise as seen from the stratosphere, a newly designed and built probe and flight computer and a beacon to that helps locate the probe when it lands.
We aimed to obtain higher quality images and film than previous missions.Team Luna captured footage of the Moon whilst exceeding last year's peak altitude of 36,309m. Part of The Near Space Race, a vigorous space race to launch into the stars and accomplish greater feats before Team Polaris.
Broadcasting the School Song from the stratosphere, cementing Queen Mary's Grammar School among the stars. We also planned a collection of 3D images using two cameras. Part of The Near Space Race, a vigorous space race to launch into the stars and accomplish greater feats before Team Luna.
High altitude virtual reality with a mix of scientific experiments. This year's launch will have a wealth of different aspects; most notably the aim to autonomously conduct scientific experiments at nearly 40,000m, and hoping to capture 360° virtual reality footage of the Earth from space.