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Launch 11:35:30 GMT+1, 01-08-2010, Heiloo, NL
Max Altitude 31.3 km
Flighttime 112 minutes
Water-float-time 58 minutes
Pictures taken 700 (Canon A560/4Gb)
Movie taped 111 minutes (Canon A720IS/8Gb) + 61 minutes (Spy-Cam/4Gb)
Total Payload Cost ~ €250
Made near-space pictures with a small budget, and just a compact camera that was making pictures automatically. Floated in a heliumballoon above the atmosphere, made pictures of the island, ijsselmeer, afsluitdijk and the idyllic West-Friesland. At 32km the balloon popped and hurled down.
Now a picture
Tracked it with GPS, that we picked up in the car with a radio, and got an sms from the payload when it splashed down in the middle of the ijsselmeer. Asked someone for a boat, and chased the payload, and found it, still making pictures! Hence the pictures here..
How it works
OK Time to watch the video that sums it all up. Don’t hesitate to drop a comment! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this page, or per picture individually!
Scroll down for pictures and movies!
Video & Data
So, we got ourselves a speedboat, andpicked it up.
Download the Google Earth .KML file here to see the path in Google Earth! : <Click on this to download Google Earth file> you can then check out the above pictured path in close detail.
Another raw video:
Now let’s look at some pictures
And now another small altitude vid after launch
Someone picked up my radiosignal from 463km. Note, the radio is a 10mW licence exempt module: 10mW, its as much as a LED uses, so that’s a gigantic power. He used a 25 element antenna (húge).
And now a videosample of the little spycamera that i taped on the side:
Now also: all the pictures in a quick movie, 3 pics/second:
What was in it?
And there is this neat little schematic of everything that was in or on the balloon/payload:
First telemetry after release
Last Telemetry before crash
Autoreboot after spashdown/crash:
Float duration in water:
Special thanks to: Wouter Dasselaar, the driver of the Pollo; Daniela for filming, Daniel Richman for helping with the code; Terry Baume and Richard Harrison for code snippets, Jon Sowman for setting the tracker; the UKHAS (UK High Altitude Society) team for advice and support and tracking/listening in; CUSF (Cambridge University Space Flight) for hosting the tracker and all that.