Tech firm sends ul­tra por­ta­ble tablet on big space ad­ven­ture

The Wokingham Paper - - BUSINESS - By PHIL CREIGHTON

Sur­face Book 2 would sur­vive its jour­ney,” said mark Sewell, chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer (CIo) at Curo Tal­ent. “How­ever, we were pleased to hear from the land­ing team that the Sur­face Book 2 not only sur­vived its mis­sion, but is in per­fect work­ing con­di­tion.”

The Sur­face Book 2 was at­tached to a hy­dro­gen in­flated latex bal­loon that trav­elled up be­yond the Arm­strong limit, which is the alti­tude above which no hu­man can sur­vive with­out a pres­surised en­vi­ron­ment. The launch was de­signed to cap­ture in­ter­est­ing sci­en­tific data.

“Through the jour­ney we can not only track the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the bal­loon at all times, but also find out use­ful in­for­ma­tion about its jour­ney,” Dan Blaney, busi­ness op­er­a­tions man­ager at Sent Into Space, said.

“For this mis­sion, we know that the Sur­face Book 2 sur­vived tem­per­a­tures of near -60ºC, air pres­sure of less than 1% of sea level air and speeds of over 210mph on de­scent. The fact that the de­vice sur­vived and still works is very im­pres­sive.”

The launch was wit­nessed by a group of 12 school chil­dren from a nearby pri­mary school, who learned about the science and tech­nol­ogy be­hind the project.

Along­side the Sur­face Book 2, a se­ries of post­cards ad­dressed to in­spir­ing sci­en­tists or those with in­flu­ence across the science and tech­nol­ogy sec­tors were launched.

The post­cards will be sent to their in­tended re­cip­i­ents with a let­ter of au­then­tic­ity, urg­ing in­creased fund­ing and sup­port for the next gen­er­a­tion of science, tech­nol­ogy and space ex­perts.

“Space is truly in­spir­ing,” Sewell con­tin­ued. “See­ing the chil­dren get ex­cited about the project and hav­ing them ask well thought out ques­tions shows that the next gen­er­a­tion will be in­spired to pur­sue ca­reers in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or math (STem) sub­jects with the right sup­port.”

Ear­ley-based Mi­crosoft part­ner Curo Tal­ent soared to new heights by launch­ing a new Sur­face Book 2 ul­tra por­ta­ble tablet com­puter into space

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