Countdown to space launch

SPACE enthusiasts from Sudbury are gearing up for the launch of their very own spacecraft.

The Sudbury Space Society, which consists of John Burch, Kevin Godfrey, Mark Newby-Robson and Simon Grice, are planning to send a 10-foot weather balloon to the edge of space to capture video footage and record information about the atmosphere and surroundings, all of which will be relayed back to a receiver.

The launch is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 8, near Cambridge, and the quartet have decided to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance through sponsorship.

Mr Grice said: “We have got pretty much everything built, but there are a few bits on order like the balloon.

“There are just a few of us in Sudbury with an interest in space and we thought it would be a good idea to do something rather than just talk about it.

“Then we had the idea of raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance as it covers the whole of Suffolk.”

Mr Godfrey added: “The air ambulance is something that everyone knows about and it is up there looking down on us – it was a nice tie-in.”

The four are aiming to raise around £1,500 for the charity through individual donations and sponsorship from businesses, who can choose to name the mission for a £500 donation. The total currently stands at around £200.

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