Time In Space
Saturday - 22 July 2017
The unpredictable British weather brought rain to Carsington Waters on Thursday morning - Space Exploration Day. The Sent Into Space team were concerned that the Seiko Astron may land in a residential area or the sea rescheduling the launch date to 4pm in the hope of clearer skies.
Of course, the experts were right and the afternoon brought glorious sunshine to the fields of Carsington Water. At 4:30pm the white helium filled balloon was released into space as the Jura team chanted the countdown. Set in the beautiful countryside overlooking the reservoir the balloon hurtled towards the sun filled blue sky. A picturesque, unforgettable moment as the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time makes its incredible journey to outer space and back.
With the help of a drone, those exclusive moments were captured at 15km, 25km and beyond; stunning shots as the timepiece leaves the countryside and clouds behind and heads for the unknown.
All that was left to do was for our watch fanatics to chase down the timepiece via our live tracking feed. The space race is on! The lucky person to find the watch floating back to Earth gets to keep it. Tracking was disabled at 10km allowing for the hunt to truly begin. The Seiko travelled higher than predicted reaching 36km, that’s 17km beyond the Armstrong line, which is the accepted gateway to space.
The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time was chosen as it maintains time using satellite signals; the perfect watch to survive the impressive expedition.