MiniCASSiE last known movements in Braunston

After a traumatic 6 months lost in a field in Nottinghamshire last year, MiniCASSiE the 1st decided to undertake another mission to the North West Astronomy Festival. Her first stop was Braunston.

Unfortunately, MiniCASSiE I HAS GONE MISSING AGAIN. but this time, after being delivered to the wrong address, she is being held captive in a Manor house.


The rescue mission is now into its second week, with no sign of a ransom and hope of getting her back is dwindling!


So to raise moral, here are her last known movements:

MiniCASSiE I: World Space Week Adventure Diary

MiniCASSiE the 1st arrives in Braunston, Northamptonshire and heads to the canal to inspect the engineering.

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After looking at the engineering on the lock gates, I spied a shop that looked interesting,, Whalfhouse Narrowboats. I wonder what they have. The sign says Braunston Chandlers…I went inside to explore.

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I’m not sure what all the boat bits are but sure they could be converted to space travel.

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Better help with the locks whilst I am still here. These are a bit heavy to push.

Better help with the locks whilst I am still here. These are a bit heavy to push.


Look who has come to say hello, it’s Space Chicken Sam, Camilla’s long lost UK cousin.
Sam has a special white light Solar Scope to show me, so we can look at the Sun in safety.

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I have found the Sun, it is over there shining on the Church in Braunston.


Whilst waiting for the clouds to move out the way, I have found a watercress patch, so time for lunch.

Whilst waiting for the clouds to move out the way, I have found a watercress patch, so time for lunch.

Who is this that has flown in to see me? It’s Batty Bat, who normally only comes out at night, but made an exception to come and say hello, and get a selfie with me.

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Me and Batty Bat

Better check in to see what my Mum has been up to…

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Looking at Mum’s blog.

October 2nd
Going to be a busy day getting the Atomic Rocket ready for the journey to Anglesey, can’t wait as hoping to go to North West Astro Fest next weekend. But first things first, breakfast….in the watercress bed..

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My rocket nearly ready for tomorrows launch to the NW Astro Fest!

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Oh yes, and I got a Nasa Night Sky Network Star badge for Outreach. (Don’t worry Mum, got you one as well!)

My new badge!

My new badge!

Quick bite to eat then on with the day.
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After a bit of Solar photography, it’s now time to relax and watch the Sunset…


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As the Sun sets on another busy day, time to find the Moon.



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I have the Moon on my nose! …..:)


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The Sunset is still happening behind me. :) But now the special Solar filter can be removed from the scope and we can look at the Moon.


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I hear a noise, what can it be?

What a surprise! It’s Space Chicken Sam, Bailey Bat and Batty Bat come to look at the Moon with me on my last night in Braunston.

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October 3rd
Hello, I found Richard on the bridge, going to sneak in his panorama..


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Hehehe, I had to run really fast to get in 4 times…

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Looking good for a bit of Solar observing.

The Sun is out today so lets see if we can get a look today on my last day in Braunston.

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Looking good for a bit of Solar observing.


Bye Bye Braunston and all my new friends, wish me luck…Anglesey here I come…


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Here are some of the images I took through the scope: (more coming soon)
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My World Space Week 2014

What a phenomenal week it has been! I have attended several events around the country and MiniCASSiE the First has, once again got lost… well, not lost exactly … she is being held captive at a Manor House after being delivered to the wrong address!

Anyway, Myself and MiniCASSiE the Second had great fun with Vix Southgate and all her travels. I will write some more when I have a bit more time. Here are some Pictures of our week! :)


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TechnopopLondon is host to over 30 World Space Week UK events

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Technopop Ltd has dedicated its entire first week to celebrating World Space Week in London, with over 30 space-related events for you to experience!

The best news is: I AM GOING TO JOIN IN!!

I will be there on the 7th and 8th of October to help launch their events and I hope to talk to many of you about my adventures.

For more TechnopopLondon event information please go to:

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1 week to go! World Space Week

As we near the start of an exciting World Space Week for 2014, the UK is hosting over 80 events across the country.

The British Interplanetary Society, who is the UK National Coordinator has been working tirelessly to ensure that WSW2014 is the best year so far, for events and raising awareness of the annual events.

The British interplanetary Society has developed a UK-focused World Space Week website (which is continuously improving and benefits from feedback and ideas for content, so they can make it an even better resource for 2015)

Please Take a look at what WSW_UK is doing:


Every year between 4-10 October ANYONE can organise and celebrate the United Nations declared World Space Week to help inspire and educate EVERYONE to the benefits of science and technology!

The full list of global events can be found at:

Technopop Ltd has dedicated its entire first week to celebrating World Space Week in London, with over 30 space-related events for you to experience!

For more TechnopopLondon information:

My ‘Beat Felix!’ mission diary – Launch tomorrow!

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Hadfield’s launch is confirmed for Saturday and everyone is excited! The Jet Stream is passing far to the South of the UK making this Saturday a very good time for the team to launch their final high altitude probe, Hadfield (their second and final attempt to Beat Felix). It looks like Hadfield may land between Telford and Shrewsbury so the chase will be short.

The weather forecast looks perfect with the Met Office forecasting light cloud and very little wind (apart from a few minor gusts).
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The team are quietly hopeful that the third time will be the one. Wish us luck!

My ‘Beat Felix!’ mission diary – Armstrong recovered!

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Armstrong was recovered from a field in Lawnhead, Staffordshire by farmer, Robert Cartmail. The team contacted a number of local farms with a description of Armstrong and a map of where it may have landed. The probe was found in a field of cattle and the inquisitive cows had given it a gentle nibble and a lick before losing interest and leaving it where they had found it.
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The team cleaned it all up and cut into it to retrieve the flight computer. Though the batteries were thoroughly depleted the computer still functions perfectly well and can be used on future flights. The team are very happy that it has been found and that the payload survived the flight undamaged.
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My ‘Beat Felix!’ mission diary – Armstrong launch report

The team has had some amazing support on the back of the launch of Gagarin (their training flight). The organisers of Science Week UK, Adventurer/presenter Dallas Campbell, Valerie Vaz (MP for Walsall South), the Rt Hon David Willetts (Minister for Science and Universities), British Astronaut Major Timothy Peake, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency have all congratulated the team on their work so far and wished them well for the launches of Armstrong and Hadfield.


The weather was not on our side for launch with possible heavy showers forecast and gusting wind. There were one or two technical difficulties but the team has been doing this for a while and they worked well and pulled together to overcome them. The launch in gusting winds was challenging but the team pulled it off well.


I got to join the Chase team again as we raced across Staffordshire tracking Armstrong. Due to the longer flight time of a high altitude attempt the Chase team got into position well in advance of the burst of the balloon. We all watched as Armstrong broke 30km and began climbing towards the team’s previous altitude records. It blew past Horizon 2’s record of 32151m, broke Horizon 1’s record of 34368m and when it started gaining on Gagarin’s record everyone was quietly (and not so quietly) urging it on. 37km, 38km, 3…hang on. It burst at 38915m just 130m short of Felix Baumgartner’s altitude. So close!


The team were disappointed that they had just missed the record but elated to have come so close and to have comprehensively smashed all previous school records. The new altitude catapulted Horizon from 59th in the World Altitude Rankings to 32nd and they still have one more launch to go!

The team set out in pursuit of the probe as it travelled East to West across the county. It all came unstuck when we got stuck in traffic on the M6 and missed being close enough to gather data during the final part of the descent. The last transmission was from 1.5km before it was below our visible horizon. We arrived some 40 minutes later and the team conducted a careful search by radio but could hear nothing. With the day drawing to an end they decided to head back to Queen Mary’s and appeal to the local farming community to keep an eye out for Armstrong.


This was the first high altitude attempt for the team and despite the challenging conditions they pulled of a great launch and came within a whisker of beating Felix Baumgartner’s altitude on the first attempt. The team not only set a new altitude record for Horizon (and their school) on their first high altitude flight but they also catapulted us up the World Altitude Rankings and have attracted an impressive amount of publicity. They have received correspondence from radio operators up and down the country (as well as from far afield as Canada and Russia).

The team has one more flight scheduled for the summer. ‘Hadfield’ (named after Chris Austin Hadfield, a Canadian Astronaut who has popularised Space again by frequently appearing on Social Media and live broadcasts from the ISS with his guitar in hand) will launch on Saturday 5th July. They’ll be trying out a new airframe that should help them shave a few grams off the probe’s weight and with luck this will be just enough to help them beat Felix Baumgartner’s altitude.