Operation: Cosmic Dust

A King's Rochester Mission To Space

Roffa: The Film

Take a look at this incredible video by master Digital Genius – Alex HE. It details the incredible journey of Roffa and has a great soundtrack to accompany him!


Operation: Cosmic Dust from King’s Prep School on Vimeo.

Roffa’s Payload Construction

Check out how my Payload was constructed by Max, Alex and Joseph. They spent considerable time after school in the DT labs working out the best way to ensure I am attached safely and that the Go-Pro will get some magical footage. Huge thanks to the DT department for their assistance.

The film itself was put together my Digital Genius Max L and I think you will agree, it is pretty awesome!

The History of Space Flight by Joseph T.

Think you know about the history of space flight?

I did until I watched this incredible video, produced by Digital Genius, Joseph T. He takes a look at the origins of space flight in WW2, the Space Race between the USA and USSR and the current global cooperation project on the International Space Station.

Joseph’s video is quite brilliant and a piece of work he should be extremely proud of.

What is NASA? By Sarah W.

Ever wondered what NASA is? The amazing Digital Genius, Sarah W, has produced this brilliant video that explains what NASA is, how it started and the important work that it does in the name of space exploration and science itself.


What is gravity and how will affect Roffa’s journey?

Digital Genius extraordinaire, Isabel P has investigated gravity and the affect it has on our space balloon and indeed, Roffa himself!


Operation: Cosmic Dust – Holiday projects

Calling all Digital Geniuses! As launch date is drawing ever closer, Roffa needs YOU to help answer some very important questions about space. Please select a question then choose an appropriate app to help you answer it!

  • What is the history of space flight?
  • What is the history of balloon flight?
  • What is latitude and longitude and how can we use them to find Roffa when he lands?
  • What is atmospheric pressure and how will it effect our space flight?
  • What is near space and when does it start? We estimate Roffa will travel 30,000 meters – so will he make it?
  • Will we be damaging the ozone layer or causing any other environmental issues?
  • We will be using SMS messaging technology to locate Roffa. Will it always receive network coverage?
  • What is in the stratosphere?
  • What is NASA?
  • How will the temperature change on Roffa’s journey?
  • Is there weather in space?
  • What is gravity and how will it effect Roffa’s journey?
  • What is helium and how does it make our balloon travel to space?
  • When will our balloon explode and why?

Once you decide upon your question, you need to decide how to answer it? I have provided a few ideas for apps below; please make sure they are in video format. Remember, you can use a combination of the apps and upload them into an iMovie from camera roll.


And then use IMOVIE/ ADOBE SPARK VIDEO to compile the film








Cosmic Dust: Investigation No.2

There are many websites that predict the weather, but which is the most accurate? It is really important that we launch on a suitable day to try and ensure Roffa makes it back to Earth safely. Inara and Sienna took a look at weather.combbc weather and google weather to see which of them had the most accurate predictions for Rochester. They recorded the results in this short video:

Cosmic Dust: Mission Update

Year 5 Digital Genius’ Himanshu, Ajay and Rayhan share their thoughts on the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and how wind speed may affect the flight of the balloon. They demonstrate a great web-tool that assists with the prediction of cloud patterns and future wind speeds, which should be very useful when finalising our launch date.

Cosmic Dust: Investigation No.1

As Roffa The Bear rises towards the Stratosphere, we will be recording his (and the space balloons) every move on a Go-Pro camera. Go-Pros use micro SD cards to record data but they come in a whole host of different sizes! The Digital Genius team decided to put a 4GB card to the test and see whether it would be suitable for the space flight.

The flight itself can last up to two hours and you can expect a similar time-scale for the descent. Lets take a look at what they found out…

Small Steps

So, half term has come to an end and we are starting to make progress. We have contacted the Civil Aviation Authority to understand the legalities behind our proposed launch and have been told we need to get some very specific measurements done.

The ‘payload’ is the term used for the box that will carry Roffa The Bear, the Go-Pro and any attached scientific equipment and we need to ensure we measure that accurately.

We also watched some very interesting tutorials that describe how we need to attach all the equipment together. It looks like the balloon is going to be rather long!

We agreed that we need to contact our DT department as we need to cut and reshape the payload in order for it to effectively carry the GoPro and Roffa himself.

Finally, the Digital Genius team have arranged to meet Monday break times as well as on Friday break times to really get the project off the ground! There is a lot of planning to do yet, but each exciting small step brings us closer to what will hopefully be a thrilling giant leap into Space!

Have a great half-term everybody!

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