The story behind Tricolour seen flying in space on Independence Day

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The story behind Tricolour seen flying in space on Independence Day

A small organisation operating out of Chennai managed to launch and unfurl the Indian flag at an altitude of 30 kilometers above the planet. But, there was a bigger plan in the works.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This feat was achieved by a small team of young scientists working from Chennai
  • The mission was developed in just 10 days
  • The 15-foot balloon carried a parachute and a payload bay with the flag

Around midnight on August 15, as India marked its 76th Independence Day, my Twitter buzzed with notifications. I was tagged in a video that at first was beautiful and in the next moment made me feel proud. It was of the Indian flag fluttering, but not atop a building or a monument or a historical site.

The Tricolour, in this video, was flying high up in free air — at an altitude of 30 kilometres above the planet.

This feat was achieved by a small team of young scientists working out of their headquarters in Chennai. Space Kidz India had successfully managed to not just fly a balloon to an altitude of over 1,00,000 feet but also unfurl the Indian flag and film it in the frigid temperatures that range between -55 degrees Celcius and -3 degrees Celcius.

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