a href=”http://vimeo.com/359554/l:embed_359554″>Launch and Retrieval from natrium42 on Vimeo.Check out this DIY Balloon that made it 30km!
High altitude ballooning is an emerging hobby, since price of GPS and communications equipment has gotten quite low. It is an excellent hobby for people fascinated by space flight and telerobotics and has many learning aspects — from systems design to electronics design to software engineering. There is also an exciting risk factor, namely, that you could lose your precious electronics if something malfunctions. In this project, many of my interest and knowledge areas came together. Also, I have verified that the Earth is indeed round and that space is black.
Bre Pettis of MAKE also built and launched a near-space balloon, but never found it. See his videos (part 1 and 2).
Absolutely fantastic. It is a pity that it was a hard landing but, for all that, amazing pictures! Inspires one to try it out!
For sure… hey thanks for the plug on JohnChow.com by the way. 🙂
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