Project Cirrus is a Northern Ireland based High altitude Balloon project. In a nutshell we hope to launch a balloon into “near space” to approximately 20 miles altitude with a camera on it and then recover the payload. We hope to launch in April later this year (2010)!
Take a look at the “How it all works” page to get an idea of how we intend to do it.
The project team consists of two mechanical engineering students from Queens University Belfast, Johnathan Clarke and Peter Hanson. To help develop a number of the backup components in the payload a couple of pupils from Regent House School in Newtownards were employed to take on the task.
The team is also working in cooperation with Philip Heron, who hopes to send an add on module with our main payload to provide redundancy and add a downwards looking camera.
The UK High Altitude Association has also been a great source of help and advice. http://ukhas.org.uk/