MP Congratulates Students on near Space Program

Valerie Vaz MP

Valerie Vaz MP

Valerie Vaz MP has congratulated pupils at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall on their near Space Program which uses a 434 MHz downlink.

Valerie said:

“Pupils at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in my constituency are attempting to beat the altitude achieved by Felix Baumgartner, who skydived from 39,045m, for a fraction of the cost with their own atmospheric probes.”

“The initiative shown by this group of student to design and build the probes and computer systems, while at the same time raising money for the project through sponsorship is commendable.”

“The Beat Felix Team’s first probe, ‘Gagarin’, reached an altitude of 35,118m and was only 3,927m short of their goal. They are now concentrating on their final two probes, ‘Armstrong’ and ‘Hadfield’, which are both set to launch within the next month. I wish the whole team the best of luck and hope they reach their goal.”

More information on Queen Mary’s Grammar School’s ‘Beat Felix’ project can be found here: http://horizon.qmgs.walsall.sch.uk/