MiniCASSiE the 1st has been found 6months after her launch from Frome

miniCASSiE The First has been missing in action since March after launching on her maiden voyage on board MarsBalloon’s Deimos spacecraft.

A national search began and there was a media and social media sensation for her return.

Her amazing adventure came to an end recently when she was found by a farmer in Nottinghamshire!

Most of the spacecraft was damaged but the camera and CASSiE survived the snow clouds, crash landing and relaunch!

Her flight can be seen here:



MiniCASSiE at the edge of space

MiniMe went up on Horizon2 on Saturday 6th July. Horizon was launched from Oxfordshire by Queen Mary’s Grammer School, Wallsall.

The students have sent us a teaser image from their on board camera. It shows the Isle of Wight and Cherbourg (N France) and was taken when MiniCASSiE was 25km up.


I am awaiting a full report from them and I can’t wait to be able to show you more images!

Thank you for continuing to support my educational outreach programme!


Mini CASSiE is set for a flight on the Horizon!

A new mini CASSiE has been deployed to Queen Mary’s Grammer School in Walsall to take part in an educational balloon flight on Sunday 30th June.


The Mission:

Horizon 2 will use cameras and a sensor array to record atmospheric conditions as it transitions from the ground, through the Troposphere, into the Stratosphere and the region known as ‘near space’.
The project features some cool technology including radio transmitted telemetry data (using a radio antenna constructed out of TV Cable and drinking straws – good for a range of ~500km), a GSM GPS tracker, atmospheric sensors, high definition cameras and a few secret ‘security measures’.

On the day of the launch there will be an online video stream of the launch, live online tracking of Horizon 2 so the public can see where it is throughout the flight and a live twitter feed (@horizonqmgs) all available on the Horizon website (

The Team:

The Project Horizon team is composed of twenty one Queen Mary’s Grammar School pupils ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old. The team raised funds themselves (matching the seed money given by the school), planned the launch, did a lot of the research, built the computer systems, wrote a lot of the software, tested the equipment, built the balloon stack, designed the website, founded the social media presence and handled most of the publicity. The launch is the culmination of one year of research, planning and hard work.

Horizon 2 is also a ‘proof of concept’ and we hope that the Horizon launch platform will fly again in the future, inspiring others to make their dreams a reality and push the boundaries of what schools are supposed to do.

I am very happy that MiniCASSiE (the second) is able to take this journey and I look forward to her safe return and details of her flight!

Good Luck Horizon!

Find CASSiE Poster – Please put up in shops and pubs!

Anyone in or near the search area (villages within the Daventry, Leamington Spa, Banbury triangle) please can you print off a copy and put it up in your local shops and pubs.

PDF version FindCassie POSTER

Please contact us at if you have any information.

Thank you!



Here is a link to the Current search area to #findCASSiE.

If you have looked in any of these areas, please can you contact @Marsballoon on twitter or email


Scrollable version:


Can we also ask everyone who lives east of this area to also keep a lookout for CASSiE’s craft and Experiments.


This is the craft that will have come back to Earth:

Key features: Pink and Blue Hula Hoop, 70 Kinder surprise egg capsules, a camera (with super footage of the experiments and CASSiE) and possibly a BRIGHT ORANGE PARACHUTE (though this may have detached during descent).



This is what CASSiE looked like prior to her flight:

MiniCassie copy


This picture shows the Craft on take off. You can see the bright colour of the orange parachute (midway up the cord) which should be easy to spot, if it is still attached!

MiniCASSiEs last flight copy

Seventy students and school children, The UK Space Agency, SEA and CASSiE’s creators are all looking forward to the safe return of the cargo. Especially the camera – which will hopefully have the most amazing footage of the flight.

People of the midlands! Let’s pull together and FIND CASSiE!

Thank you for your continued support!



UKSEDS 25th Anniversary and National Student Space Conference

Thanks to the UKSEDS team and all the stands at the conference who were so kind in allowing me utilise part of their stand to promote myself!

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I packed my bags on Friday afternoon ready for a weekend of Public Relations work. However, because this was a Student conference, my main aims were to get people to see me, understand why I exist, gain support and interest but also; to learn about the UK Space Industry and all the exciting projects that the UK businesses are working on at the moment and where they are headed for the future.

What was abundant, at this conference, was enthusiasm. Everyone within the industry can see the benefit of having a UK Space Mascot to tell young children what is happening and to get very young children excited about the prospects of space. The ideas for my missions, from the conference-goers, were many and varied but the general consensus for my future is definitely INSPIRING THE VERY YOUNG TO BECOME FUTURE SPACE EXPLORERS, ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS.

Focussing on the future whilst highlighting the amazing achievements of the past links in very nicely with the 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) later this year. I was lucky enough to hear the fascinating talk from Alistair Scott, President of the BIS, which highlighted (for me) the ideas and concept designs that past members produced, as well as the realisation of these designs into a physical, working (or in-development) product.
I hadn’t realised how pro-active the UK had been in early concept designs for Space Exploration! I found it very inspiring! I think the children would love to know about this but the information needs to be put into a format that the kids will engage with and enjoy learning from.
So, Vix Southgate (my guardian) is writing ‘From Imagination to Reality- 80 yrs of the British Interplanetary Society’ (tentative title) – aimed at children – which will incorporate myself as the narrator.

As well as the idea to incorporate me into childrens books about the space industry I need to get out into schools. To help me with this, I have two young helpers aged 7 and 9 (recruited today at the conference) and between them, their school and Vix Southgate, they will work on raising my profile and funds for my future work, so I can afford to travel around the country and meet the children in person.
Vix Southgate is also working on a series of children’s iBooks to explain what all the UK space companies and organisations are working on.

I want to be a part of everything to do with Space in the UK and encourage children to think about it as a career choice or just as a hobby. As Nick Howes (from Faulkes Telescope) said in his talk about finding Comets:


“Amateur Astronomers make a huge and valuable contribution to science”




…So… you don’t have to have a qualification in space science to be able to be a part of the industry, but an interest and passion is essential!

I do not have a scientific grounding, but I have a great love of learning about the possibilities and advancements of Space exploration, and through my work I am meeting the most knowledgeable, fascinating and best people in the WORLD who are all willing to help me to inspire the future Space explorers.

Who knows; perhaps the first person on Mars will have been inspired by me! :.D