It was always worth a go.. could we capture anything interesting of the solar eclipse on 20th March 2015 from near space? St Peters High School in Manchester were the team to help us out and we had a great time chatting to the students about the project and how things would shape up. They helped us put together the payload and were with us via live feed for the launch itself, giving us the crucial count down. On the payload were a couple of lego men with the schools logo and their sister schools logo up to try to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.
Did we see anything? Well… it’s hard to say, but certainly there was a lot less light than normal. We were only in a region with 90% totality though. The verdict: A really good flight with some lovely images, but we’d need to launch in 100% coverage to try to see something more. Maybe a trip to Yosemite is in order in a couple of years time?