Peter Browne, Merv Hugget and Alister Watt have just sent a little Steiff teddy bear into space and broken a world record for the highest amateur balloon with a camera.
The bear went 140,180 feet into the stratosphere by a homemade latex balloon equipped with a camera and GPS tracking system.
The field for the launch in Ardingly, just round the corner from me, was used on the 18th August. I am not sure how long the flight lasted but the bear and equipment landed safely in the village of Good Easter in Essex.
The original target had been 100,000 feet, but the 140,180 is nearly 27 miles above ground.
Well done to the three of them...