Annapolis Town Crier Launches to Space then Robots Arrive Vowing Supremacy


Annapolis Town Crier Launches to Space then Robots Arrive Vowing Supremacy

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, Nova Scotia (June 20, 2019) – Continuing on the success of three mission launches to the stratosphere, a group of students from Annapolis West Education Centre—known as Annapolis Royal Space Agency (ARSA)—are set to meet a greater challenge for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Those first steps on the Moon encouraged ARSA to embark on their own history of firsts.
“Each probe is named in memory of Educational Assistant and colleague, Charles (Chick) Caldwell who was an enthusiastic supporter of our projects” said teacher Derick Smith. The launch of the Chick IV marks ARSA plans for their first manned launch. Town Crier, Peter Davies selflessly volunteered to be the inaugural passenger aboard a Chick Mission. “It’s an incredible privilege to be the very first Town Crier in Space” said Davies. When asked about the training regimen, he smiled and declined comment.
With a typical altitude of nearly 30,000m (30km), the Chick Mission’s 360 camera provides a spectacular eye view of the probe’s voyage. ARSA expects this year’s probe to go even higher; and the attached APRS device will provide radio tracking in real time!
Painting from Space!
ARSA is also gearing-up for a challenge even NASA has never undertaken. Famous paintings have been sent to space, but never before has one been created OUT there! ARSA is set to become the first agency to create a painting as the probe returns to earth.
When the wild odyssey concludes, this unique work of art and ARSA 360VR footage, with Davies aboard, will be on display as part of the month-long exhibition To the Moon and Back at ARTsPLACE.

Battle Ready
Maritime Championship winners for 6 consecutive years, and fresh from their Strategy Innovation Award in Detroit, Royal Robots are set to host a special lunar edition of Battlebots on June 29. Royal Robots is an Annapolis-based group of youth who compete in Global robotics competitions built around challenges that engage students in research, problem solving, teamwork, coding and engineering.
“We guarantee robotic carnage during multiple epic battles pitting robot against robot in a struggle for fighting robot supremacy.” said coach Jeff Hafting. This edition of Battlebots is open to 12 and up; adults and seniors are especially encouraged to participate. Equipment and expertise are on-hand to help those who want to join the fun.
All events are part of To the Moon and Back. The complete schedule is available on Facebook. Join and follow the journey with the hashtags #moon50annapolis and #artsplaceinspace.

To the Moon and Back runs June 23 – July 21. This program is supported through the Province of Nova Scotia and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

ARTsPLACE is a public Art Gallery that is operated by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council a registered non-profit, charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts.

ARTsPLACE Gallery is located at 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

For more information please contact:
Derick Smith,
Jeff Hafting,
Facebook: ARTsPLACEGallery

Instagram: arcac.artsplace