Many weeks of careful planning came together and made the Ballymaloe space project not only a reality but a great success. The launch took place on Saturday the 24th of March 2012 just outside of Mallow. We tracked the progress to an altitude of 5400 feet where we then lost contact. 2 hours later we received our first location 2 miles off the coast of Youghal. This seemed to be the end of the project as a water landing was our worst fear, Luck sided with us and lower atmospheric winds carried the unit inland where it touched down in a stubble field.
We achieved a maximum altitude of 96,500 feet at which point the jar and its contents were completely frozen as can be seen throughout the video. The low temperatures caused the camera equipment to fail upon its decent but luckily the GPS unit kept running and allowed continued tracking.
The video became a huge success and got 48,000+ views on YouTube. We were asked to come onto daytime show on RTE to discuss the project. Articles about us and the project featured in national papers, blogs and we also had two radio interviews.
August 23, 2017