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Students tie camera to balloon, send it to the edge of space

 
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Mar 17, 2009 20:37 |  #1

"Teenagers with a £56 camera and latex balloon have managed to take stunning pictures from 20 miles above Earth.

Proving that you don't need Google's billions or the BBC weather centre's resources, the four Spanish students managed to send a camera-operated weather balloon into the stratosphere..."


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Mar 17, 2009 20:45 |  #2

cool.


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Mar 18, 2009 05:55 |  #3

very cool!


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Mar 18, 2009 12:11 |  #4

what are you talking about, these photos are really blurry, the depth of field is way off.

not cool.




  
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Mar 18, 2009 12:14 |  #5

After hitting 100,000' .. They only had to go 10Km to find where it landed?

Hmmm...


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Mar 18, 2009 13:02 |  #6

It's probably true, but my first gut instinct was that it is a fabrication, at least an exaggeration.


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Mar 18, 2009 13:15 |  #7

Anyway, it's worthless... They used a N*k*n :p :p


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Mar 18, 2009 18:15 |  #8

Well damn! That's pretty cool. Maybe I just found a new use for my 20D.... :D


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Mar 18, 2009 22:24 |  #9

I give em an A for effort. :)


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Mar 19, 2009 09:55 |  #10

Pretty cool. I'm surprised the equipment survived impact after descent.


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Mar 19, 2009 10:01 |  #11

The quality of the shots are fair. However, what they proved is that it could be done. Don't expect perfection on the first try.


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Mar 19, 2009 10:10 |  #12

I hope they used another camera to document their efforts, especially how they managed to get the balloon to (1) stay out of commercial flight paths (or show us a shot of an air crew scratching their heads and thinking, "What the f...?") (2) descend, (3) land in a place that they could reach. Otherwise, this is a story only for the gullible.

The last I heard, 20 miles up isn't the edge of space.


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Mar 19, 2009 10:15 |  #13

joedlh wrote in post #7555359 (external link)
...The last I heard, 20 miles up isn't the edge of space.

Last I heard, that's around 50 miles up. 2.5x the height of this amateur effort.


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Mar 19, 2009 10:18 |  #14

joedlh wrote in post #7555359 (external link)
Otherwise, this is a story only for the gullible.

Yeah, it is impossible for normal people to do something like this :rolleyes:

Other projects:
http://www.natrium42.c​om/halo/flight2/ (external link)
http://sunsite.utk.edu​/~mcoffey/ux-1/ (external link)
http://sunsite.utk.edu …ights/ux-3highlights.html (external link)


As for not hitting commercial flights? As with the larger model rockets (not a typical $20 kit, but the REAL big model rockets) you call your local aviation authority (FAA in the US) and issue a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen). Exactly like weather balloons...




  
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Mar 20, 2009 10:45 |  #15
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imagine if you will, the coldness of space. Nikon makes an off the shelf camera that will not freeze up below 0 degrees.
WHoo wee 18.939........... miles up! 1 mile= 5280 feet


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