Hey, wanna go into space?

Richard Branson is doing his thing with space flights, sure. It’s a nice idea but let’s be honest, I doubt I’ll be able to afford the journey.
Hey, wanna go into space?
So, when I get an email telling me that a space flight can be done for less than £135 I’m already pretty interested.

There’s a few caveats. For starters, you’re not going to be on-board. You can instead send a small object like a lego man, wooden train or watch up into the stratosphere.

Now, if I know your browsing habits like I think I do (you filthy monkey), you’ll probably have seen this particular video…

If you want to do something similar, you can. Just head to sentintospace.com and you can watch similar videos or buy a kit to send stuff up there yourself. The kits have everything you’ll need – a balloon, a locator, parachute etc. Sure, there’s a few things you’ll need to consider, like landing predictors and filling in the necessary CAA forms so that you don’t go twisting your balloon around the engine of a passing Airbus.

Hey, wanna go into space?

A lot of schools and colleges are getting involved in all this, but Alex Baker and Chris Rose, former PhD students at the University of Sheffield, can send your package to the edge of space if you don’t want to do all the helium filling and filming too.

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