The balloon was launched from Ashborne, Derbyshire on 17 December 2010, and was in flight for approximately two hours and 50 minutes, before landing in a field in Strethall, Cambridgeshire, a journey of over 100 miles. The location, which is Chris´ home town, was chosen specifically, as it was predicted that launching there would result in the device landing in a rural area.
This was the first demonstration launch of Project Aether (www.ProjectAether.org), a project to involve high school students in hands on designing, building, and flying of weather balloons to the edge of space. Donations to keep these student balloons and this project aloft can be made by paypal at
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