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Recruitment giant donates space kit to school

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An Inverness academy could be set for blast off after receiving new kit from the “first recruitment agency in space”.

Bosses from the Orion Group handed over material to Charleston Academy which could help the school reach for the stars.

The equipment included a weather balloon, a custom built payload box and technology needed to launch the balloon.

Oil and gas recruitment firm Orion have previously backed Inverness-based father and son on a successful mission to get a weather balloon into space.

Barry Fraser and his son, Cameron, approached Orion Group looking to secure financial backing to send a weather balloon and payload into orbit in a mission that the pair had meticulously planned and designed over many months.

The mission was a great success, with pictures and video content gathered as the craft ascended into the upper reaches of the atmosphere.

Now Charleston Academy staff and pupils are keen to work on a similar project.

The Orion team met rector Chris O’Neill, staff from the physics and geography departments, along with excited pupils to hand over the kit.

Angela Hamilton, marketing associate for Orion, said: “It was good to meet pupils who had volunteered to take part in their very own space mission while talking to others about getting them thinking about space exploration.

“It was always our intention to donate the material to the school and we hope the staff and pupils enjoy building then launching their very own space craft.”

Mr O’Neill added: “The staff and pupils would like to thank the team at Orion for this donation and for taking the time to talk to us about their successful mission to space.

“This provides us with an exciting cross-curricular opportunity involving computing, geography, physics, photography and design and technology.”

“The footage they achieved was absolutely remarkable and has really helped to inspire many pupils now keen to be part of our own exciting space project.”

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