A student society of undergraduates and PhD students dedicated to pushing the limits of high power rocketry and high altitude ballooning. We are based out of the Cambridge University Engineering Department and hold regular meetings.
Nova 19, the 19th official Cambridge University Spaceflight payload was launched today from Churchill College.
Filling was impeded due to very high winds and heavy rain showers, but eventually the payload carrying the Squirrel Nexus One smartphone and the Arduino tracker was in the air.
After beating the UK altitude record for high altitude balloons at 36206m, Nova 19 landed in a tree in Exning. We were unable to retrieve it, but stay tuned for the photos and videos when we get it back!
Today saw the launch of Nova 18, carrying the Squirrel smartphone and the Ferret Arduino tracker. Ferret has had some bugfixes since its last flight and seemed to perform much better this time.
The Squirrel smartphone was running a custom app called SquirrelPhoto enabling it to take pictures at set intervals. Unfortunately the software crashed at about 14km, but some excellent images were recorded up until that point.
Some work is planned for the Squirrel software and another flight can be expected soon, perhaps with video!