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Blue sky and clouds over the ocean from a high-altitude

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Environmental Policy

The view of Earth from space brings into sharp relief that fact that we are all reliant on planet Earth for survival.

 

Our unique perspective means that the preservation of our natural environment is a cause very close to our heart.

 

As a result, we’re firmly committed to working in an environmentally conscious way and reducing our environmental impact wherever possible.

WE USE REUSABLE, RECYCLABLE OR RENEWABLE MATERIALS

  • Our balloons are made from undyed natural latex which is biodegradable and breaks down at the same rate as an oak leaf. When they burst, 95% of material is recovered with the spacecraft; any small parts which break off will be able to pass harmlessly through any scavenger’s digestive tract.

  • Wherever possible, we use hydrogen as our lifting gas rather than helium. Hydrogen is renewable and can be produced from water in a simple reaction with oxygen as the only by-product.

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WE MINIMISE WASTE IN OUR OPERATIONS

  • The bulk of our equipment is manufactured in-house using novel, low-impact manufacturing methods such as CNC 3D printing, milling and laser cutting which produce minimal waste materials.

  • For externally-sourced components, we source from the closest suitable supplier to minimise the carbon footprint from shipping.

  • We operate on a digital-first documentation policy. Any paperwork, records or correspondences are created and stored digitally unless physical versions are required, minimising the use of paper.

  • Where possible, we conduct multiple launches on the same day to minimise the impact of travel/transport.

  • We recover every spacecraft we launch.

WORKING WITH US

For all our projects, we support your communications team with in-depth documentation and responses to the most common environment-related questions or objections.

 

Of course, all our operations are compliant with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and appropriate codes of conduct as well. If you have further questions, speak to our team today.

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