A Scouts group from Burton on Trent are receiving support from a local opticians as they attempt to launch their idea into space, as part of a national competition.

Helping astronauts with dry eyes 

With the help of Specsavers, the Willington Scouts have developed a solution to help astronauts detect the condition of ‘dry eye’ in space. After being selected by Astro Pi ‘Big Idea’ judges as one of the most promising ideas, the innovative youngsters will now use their Astro Pi kit to code their idea and be in with a chance of seeing it used on the International Space Station later this year.

Willington Scouts ideas

‘We’re incredibly proud to have supported the Willington Scouts throughout this process,’ said Linda Joyce, store director at Specsavers. ‘They’ve really committed themselves to the challenge and we’ve been very impressed with what they’ve achieved so far!

‘Lisa, a contact lens fitter in the store, will continue to work closely with the group to turn their idea into a reality and we wish them all the best for the next stage of the competition.’

Once two competition entrants have been chosen, the winning teams will see their code flown on Tim Peake’s Astro Pi on board the International Space Station (ISS). Peake, who is currently preparing for Expedition 46/47 to the ISS, will collect the data generated from the youngsters’ ideas before sending it back to the winning teams.

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