Space Apps Weekend, 21st-22nd April 2012
Jon spent his weekend at the Met Office talking to amazing people around the the world who know all sorts of things about space travel. Full story here
. Meanwhile, in the Met Office building, another group of amazing people were thinking about how to launch him for real.
Now, like Met services around the world, the Met Office regularly launches weather balloons which go really very high. They take measurements up to around 30,000m (100,000 feet) where the pressure is one hundredth of the pressure at the surface. So if we attached Jon to one of these, he'd get very close to space. Unfortunately we didn't have a (real) space suit so he wouldn't survive the trip. Also, the balloon wouldn't take his weight. How could we make Jon smaller and less vulnerable?
team had a 3D printer brought by Dougie Kinnear
for the weekend.