On Wednesday 22 November 2017, Curo Talent became the first Microsoft Partner in Space by launching a Surface Book 2 into the stratosphere with a message for all UK Microsoft contractors.
We came close to aborting the mission due to high winds at the launch site (22mph). Although delayed by 30 minutes, the space vehicle did take off at 9.57am.
A historic moment.
The event was captured by our camera crew and by an onboard video, producing some spectacular footage. There’s a 2-minute ‘Highlights‘ video and a longer ‘Full Story‘ where you can see the preparation, launch and landing.
Our message to UK Microsoft contractors in both videos is that we will go the extra mile for members of our Talent Community – even 21 miles into Space.
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Did the Microsoft Surface Book 2 survive the trip?
Yes!! Undamaged and in full working order.
The HabHub tracker was very useful, keeping us informed of its flight path. It landed near Ely in Cambridgeshire, and as you can see from the map it narrowly avoiding two lakes.
Fun science facts: the payload reached 34,215m, it encountered temperatures as low as -58.9C and the peak descent rate was 212mph. By the time it reached the ground and its parachute was fully deployed it had slowed to 8mph.
As well as the Surface Book 2, we included postcards from Microsoft contractors who are members of our Talent Community. They were given the chance to send postcards into space with personal messages… and get them back. Each postcard came with a certificate of authenticity to prove where it had been.
We felt it was important to get the next generation of technicians and scientists engaged with the project, so we invited students from a local primary school to attend. They were given the opportunity to also send postcards into Space with a personal message and wore ‘Official Scientist’ badges.
The students from Shrivenham Primary School released their own environmentally-friendly helium balloons before helping to load all the postcards onto the space vehicle.