Hey folks,

You will have seen the  blog posts of the construction of the Bluemix and messaging driven probe, but it’s all been leading up to today – the launch day!

For those readers who might appreciate a recap,  here is the story so far of messaging in space…

 http://bit.ly/TheEdgeofSpace

 and here is MQLight if you want to play with the cloud technologies for yourself – http://bit.ly/givememqlight

Well, on Wednesday the 24th June we launched ! (Video coming soon)

The objective – reach the Edge of Space (approx 20 miles up) and by using IBM’s Bluemix and Messaging service, utilise the probes sensor data to physically manipulate the conditions in the Hursley Innovation Centre with a stretch goal to receive and display non mean tweets of goodwill and geekery.

 We also took up an awesome piece of cargo (and yes the very awesome BBC said ‘go for it!’ )

Enough words… to the piccies

The balance between huge amounts of glare and shadow was a challenge to get right – so some tweets were hard to read… (nice pics though)

Ascending

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Even higher

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Eventually though as we approached space,  the conditions were right to start seeing the tweets a little more clearly

This one is mine! (@j0nnymac)

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These tweets from James Taylor (@jtonline) ​are a favourite…

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 Eventually though, what goes up, must come down…  as we fall 18 miles to earth (without a deployed parachute) into (thankfully) some trees. Somewhere on the way down our TARDIS escaped…

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 And who wants to see our  Innovation Centre being controlled by the probe?

So, want to do something  fun? Play with technology!  Start here with MQLight:  http://bit.ly/givememqlight

More soon…

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