Posted by Andrew Rushby
Apologies for the long delay in updates regarding BLEAT. Following the postponement of our end-of July launch due to adverse weather conditions, BLEAT has been on the backburner for a number of reasons. Firstly, acquiring updated launch permission from the CAA (the Civil Aviation Authority) has been rather difficult this time around as we were so uncertain regarding the date of the next launch. The CAA has unfortunately been incredibly slow and unhelpful in processing our requests for updated launch windows, and as at this stage yet to contact me about the window we requested in August!
Furthermore, several of our team had other fieldwork and conference commitments to attend to. Our budget was also emptied at the end of July (the end of the financial year) as per the conditions of continued funding by the School of Environmental Sciences, so we will have to apply for further money to meet travel costs in the future.
However, I hope to dedicate more attention to getting our next launch off the ground by the end of the year and hope to provide more and regular updates in the interim.