About Us

Horizon is Queen Mary's Grammar School's near-space programme. Founded in 2012, Horizon has provided our school and its pupils with an incredibly enriching and memorable experience. Project Horizon also aims to raise the profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within QMGS and the wider community.


2017 Mission

High altitude virtual reality with a mix of experiments. This year's Horizon team, Team Celcius, is planning to autonomously conduct experiments at almost 140,000ft. In addition, we are planning to capture 360° virtual reality images of the Earth from space, to take Project Horizon's footage to a new degree.

Previous Missions

mission_face Beat Felix Focus on altitude

A challenge to beat the altitude achieved by Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team of 39045m. The secondary goal was to achieve a top ten Amateur World Altitude Record. The team used the first hydrogen filled balloon and a redesigned flight computer, reducing its size and lowering its power consumption.

mission_face Sunchaser Capture the sunrise

Aiming to capture the sunrise over our planet and inspire others through our actions. Development of a mathematical model to predict the time of the sunrise as seen from the stratosphere was needed, as well as a newly designed and built probe. This incorporated a new flight computer and a beacon that helped locate the probe when it landed.

mission_face The Near Space Race: Team Luna Quality production

We obtained higher quality images and film than previous missions. Our goal was to capture footage of the Moon whilst exceeding last year's peak altitude of 36,309 metres. Part of a vigourous space race to launch into the stars and accomplish greater feats before Team Polaris.

mission_face The Near Space Race: Team Polaris Music in the stars

We broadcasted the school song from the stratosphere cementing Queen Mary's Grammar School among the stars. We planned a collection of 3D images using two cameras. Part of a vigourous space race to launch into the stars and accomplish greater feats before Team Luna.

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