Skyrora launches its small demonstration rocket from mobile launch site in Iceland
Launch startup, Skyrora had a successful test launch of its Skylark Micro rocket from Iceland on Sunday, with the rocket achieving its highest-ever altitude at a height of 26.86 km (just under 17 miles). The four meter (13 foot) sub-orbital rocket took off from a mobile launch site at Iceland’s Langanes Peninsula that was set up in just a few days prior to the flight.
Skyrora Rocket Launch From Iceland Reaches Three Times The Height Of Mount Everest
Following a string of successes, Scottish launch startup Skyrora has reached its biggest milestone yet with the flight of a larger, more advanced rocket from Iceland – ahead of a planned first launch to space in 2021.
For an afternoon activity on this rainy day, why not check out the STEM & Education page on the Skyrora website? Alternatively, you can browse our News or Satellites web pages for a spot of light reading to pass the time: https://t.co/8Y1b6xVI8v #StormFrancis #Staysafe https://t.co/USPFH9PsGh
Tracking Ocean Plastic Pollution using Satellite Technology
The European Space Agency is manufacturing satellites that identify discarded plastics such as water bottles, fishing nets, and grocery bags, all the while monitoring the concentration, movement, and origin of plastic debris across the world’s oceans. Until the development of such satellites, most of this debris has previously been found using alternative methods, such as towing underwater cameras that locate and take images of debris found deeper underwater, and even going as far as to swim through the debris. Scientists are working on Earth observation satellites that will track plastic debris in the ocean from space by searching for the plastic’s reflected light signature in the water.
A mid-action shot from the Skylark Micro launch last Sunday in the Langanes Peninsula in Iceland! It took 37.9 seconds for the first stage to reach an altitude of 5150 metres and a successful separation and ignition of the second stage to occur. 🚀🇮🇸 #Liftoff #SkylarkMicro https://t.co/eACIdZHKfE
Recovery Mission update: the Skyrora recovery team have been working hard all week with the Langanes Search and Rescue crew to try and locate the Sustainer and Booster stages of the Skylark Micro vehicle with the use of drone devices, rescue boats and coastline searches. https://t.co/CuU54psZQT