The Bay of Plenty will soon join the 'space race' and achieve a New Zealand first.
In June three sub-orbital helium space weather balloons will be launched from near Tauranga and ascend to the edge of space to gather critical scientific data on earth's cosmic ray environment.
The project is the joint Initiative of local Internet company EOL and Spaceweather.com, and is a collaboration between Earth to Sky Calculus, a group of visiting American science students doing cutting-edge research in the stratosphere and students from five of our local colleges – Otumoetai, Bethlehem, Mount, Tauranga Girls' and Tauranga Boys' Colleges.
On each balloon flight there is the opportunity for a local business to sponsor a flight and send something to be photographed at the edge of space.
This could be a company mascot, logo, product or even a team photo.
The cost to send your business to the stratosphere is $1250 per flight, which will be used to cover the costs such as the helium gas. In return for your sponsorship, your company item will be added to the payload and photographed at the edge of space.
After the flight, you will receive complete HD video of the flight, from launch to landing, as well as still-frame highlights that you can use for social media and other marketing purposes.
“This is a rare and unique opportunity to promote your business and support local schools for a very small cost," says EOL Managing Director Terry Coles.
"The NZ Space Weather Balloon program will receive wide local media exposure, as well as national and International coverage. There are now only two spots left.”
To find out more businesses are encouraged to contact Terry Coles at EOL on firstname.lastname@example.org and to visit https://www.eol.co.nz/space_launch
The three sub-orbital helium space weather balloons will be launched from Tauranga to ascend to the edge of space to gather critical scientific data on earth’s cosmic ray environment.
The launches will be led by US Scientist Dr. Tony Philips from spaceweather.com and members of Earth to Sky Calculus - a group that has launched over 100 research-grade balloons.
Terry says the Earth to Sky Calculus team are widely regarded for their work in this field.
“Even Nasa has visited the group’s launch site near Bishop, California to observe and learn from their procedures. Recent graduates of Earth to Sky Calculus have been accepted at Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, the Maritime Academy and Kings College (London). This is a huge and unique opportunity for Tauranga students to learn from the Earth to Sky Calculus team.”
EOL is one of the fastest and most innovative wireless ISP’s in New Zealand and is based in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.