SFXC® Products have been used for all kinds of innovative and crazy applications but this is definitely one of the best!
In July 2016, a group of young students got to take part in one of the most amazing projects ever. The students teamed up with Chis Hillcox, a near space photographer and sculptor, Clare Abbatt, to launch hand painted sculptures 90,000ft into the earth’s inner atmosphere.
Each student created their own clay avatar before coated them with SFXC® specialist coatings. These products included Thermochromic inks and strontium aluminate paints which glow in the dark.
The sculptures were placed on a special platform and sent up to space using a very large weather balloon filled with helium. A camera, also on the platform, filmed the whole journey.
As you ascend up into space it gets incredibly cold. We saw this as a perfect application to display our Thermochromic inks. We used 2 different activation temperatures for this project in order to make the sculptures change colour at different altitudes... a Red 9°C and Blue12°C.