PYMOOR based crisp manufacturer Corkers can officially claim its snacks are out of this world after it teamed up with the Cambridge University Space flight Team to send a packet...into space!

The team of Cambridge University studets designed a state-of-the-art balloon that sent the bag of Corkers, along with a video camera, more than 18 miles above the Earth.

Their calculations and expertise gave them specific information about how high the ballon and its culinary cargo would reach before the balloon popped and the crisps and camera started their descent.

They were also able to pinpoint a safe location for the contents to land, about 40 miles from the Cambridge University take-off site in Mildenhall.

During the three hour mission, the crisps were tracked by the space-flight team and space research teams across the country by the use of sophisticated weather and flight analysis and GPS equipment.

Rod Garnham, managing director of Corkers Crisps, whose previous career was in aircraft engineering, said: "It sounds like a prank, to which to a certain extent it was because my business partner, Ross and I can be regularly found in our local, planning bizarre things to try.

"But we were also keen to support local engineers and give them the opportunity to test some of their theories.

"With my engineering background I can appreciate the minute detail these guys had to go to in order to pull it off- they really are geniuses."

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