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CVs in space: preparing for launch 

Published: Wednesday 28th April 2021

With the competition closed, we’re preparing to launch three lucky candidates’ CVs into space this May the Fourth. The engineering team over at Sent Into Space are hard at work building a bespoke spacecraft that will travel into space. Therefore, we wanted to share with you a sneak peek behind the scenes of our CVs in space launch preparation! 

man working on space CV launch designs.

CVs in space: planning the flight 

For the flight to be successful and safe, the launch team need to know within a very high degree of accuracy where the spacecraft will travel on the journey. Every day the Sent Into Space team gather weather data from over 100,000 sources worldwide to create a detailed simulation of stratospheric weather conditions for the next few days.  

This climate model allows them to plan the path that the balloon will take to within a hundred metres, by varying the balloon size, the volume of gas used and the parachute setup. Sent Into Space liaise with the UK Space Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that the flight won’t threaten controlled airspace and other pilots and aircraft will be well away from our craft throughout its journey. 

Sent into Space team preparing for CVs in space launch. View of weather forecasting conditions on laptop.

The launch vehicle 

Our CVs will be displayed on a digital screen in space, which has been extensively modified. Not only does the battery have to withstand temperatures as low as -70°C during the flight, but the lack of atmosphere means the sunlight in space is over 60% brighter than we experience at ground level. In order to be visible, the screen has to be much, much brighter than a normal display. Our craft has a dedicated power supply that supplements the internal capacity of the display device to make sure the screen performs beautifully throughout the flight. 

View of screen for CVs into space.

Also, onboard the craft is a communications relay, which will transmit the CVs’ location and important information about the flight back to the launch team in real-time every few seconds. To minimise the risk of loss, the flight computer uses both radio and satellite networks to transmit data with completely independent power supplies. The flight computer can also receive signals, allowing the team to trigger the balloon to release the craft early using a cut-down mechanism in case the flight goes off course.  

Man working on designs for the space CV launch.

Finally, of course, the craft has a camera system that will film the CVs against the majestic backdrop of our planet floating in space. We’ll be shooting in 4K and taking 24-megapixel photos at the same time, to make sure that we do justice to the incredible view.  

CVs in space: the launch day 

We’ll be launching the craft on a massive stratospheric balloon from Sheffield, where it is expected to travel over 125km south before landing in rural Leicestershire several hours later. Our team will be tracking the craft in flight and travelling across the country to the predicted launch site, with the hopes of catching the craft as it descends back to Earth.  

View of graph on screen.

As the balloon rises, the changing pressure will cause the gas inside the balloon to expand many times over. It will reach the size of a two-storey house before the balloon can’t take the strain and bursts, some 100,000 feet above the Earth. We can calculate the burst altitude to within a few metres. 

Once the balloon bursts, the spacecraft with our CVs will tumble back towards the Earth at speeds in excess of 200mph before the atmosphere becomes dense enough for our parachute to deploy. By the time it touches down, the craft will be travelling a gentle 5mph.  

Even with real-time tracking and to-the-minute simulations of the flight path, Sent Into Space have only managed to physically catch 3 craft, after over 600 launches. This might not sound like much, but they are currently the only people in the world to have caught even one! 

After the launch 

Once the craft lands, the first thing we’ll be doing is checking out the incredible footage of our winning CVs in space. We’ve produced a special CV profile for each winning candidate which will be shared with employers and recruiters nationwide on our hirer-facing platform, but also distributed to the press and on social media to maximise our candidates’ visibility. 

Tablet view with Zoek logo.

In the meantime, each winner will be put in touch with our prize partners, TopCV. TopCV is giving all our winners a free professional CV rewrite to help them present their very best selves when opportunities arise. Our first-place winner will receive a CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile rewrite to create a rounded jobseeker profile across platforms, while our second-place winner also gets a cover letter rewrite. 

All three of our competition winners will also get up to £200 worth of skills training courses of their choice to help them stand out amongst the competition. In addition, the first-place winner will get a £200 gift voucher to spend at Currys/PC World! 

Using cutting-edge technology to give our candidates a boost is a natural extension of how our intelligent job matching platform works. We want to celebrate the creative, unconventional spirits who are willing to take a giant leap in their job search. Follow us on our social media and keep your eyes peeled this Star Wars Day (4th May) for our three lucky winners! May the Fourth be with you! 

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