David Bowie, one of music’s greatest icons, will always be remembered for his stellar songwriting and out-of-this-world performances. In 2020, we were fortunate enough to partner with The Royal Mint to send a silver coin, featuring the image of Bowie, into space to honour the late musician’s inspiring legacy. Now the event has won two separate awards, and we are incredibly proud to have been such a huge part of this project.
Royal Mint’s unique coin series
The coin, decorated with Bowie’s likeness and iconic thunderbolt symbol, was made to be part of a Royal Mint series of expertly crafted coins celebrating music legends. The coin joined other music industry megastars such as Elton John and The Who, and was a fantastic tribute to Bowie’s career.
As a world-leading company in coin exporting, The Royal Mint was a pleasure to work with, and we were more than happy to send one of their excellently designed coins, honouring such a one-of-a-kind musician, into the sky.
How did we launch a coin into space?
Using cutting-edge high-altitude balloon technology, we sent a payload featuring the coin into the stratosphere, over 30km above the surface of the Earth! To accompany the star’s journey, we attached a high-definition 4k camera to the launch vehicle to record some amazing visuals for the project, which were subsequently used in marketing for the coin by the Royal Mint.
When the payload hit the peak of its ascent, the balloon burst, sending the coin plummeting back down to Earth. A vehicle parachute was then released so it could be collected safely by our operatives upon landing.
Who did we work with on this project?
For the project, we worked closely with PR firm Hope&Glory, who handled the distribution. It’s their brilliant work on the campaign that has been won not one but two industry-leading awards. The first award comes from PRWeek, a trade magazine for the public relations industry. As PRWeek is the world’s leading PR and communications publication, the award is a great honour. The coin campaign's award is for the public sector category, and can be found on PRWeek’s awards website.
Adjacent to this achievement, the campaign has also been nominated for an award in the consumer relations campaign category of the PRide awards with CIPR - the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Founded in 1948, the CIPR is a professional body based in the United Kingdom for public relations practitioners. As an esteemed organisation with over 10,000 members, we are overjoyed to have been noticed by them.
Sent Into Space PR & Marketing campaigns
In the past, Sent Into Space has been involved in several award nominated projects. The 360° music video shot by us from space for EDM artist Koven’s track: “Do You” was nominated for Best Interactive Video award at the Austin Music Video Awards in 2018.
Also, in more recent news, our cinematography work for the short film: Pops has been shortlisted for screening at the independent short film festival “Indy Shorts”. Indy Shorts is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards, meaning our footage has the potential to be attached to an Oscar-winning film!
Working with the Royal Mint to send the image of such an incredible individual into the stratosphere was a treat, as was having our work recognised as part of an award-winning campaign. We wish the Royal Mint the best of luck, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the results.
Your own space launch
Spaceflight can seem complicated and daunting (it is rocket science after all), that's why we're always happy to arrange a call and guide you through your own space launch.