Teens take pics from edge of space with a balloon

With a latex balloon, a camera, and some home-built electronics, four teens in Spain managed to get pictures from 20 miles up!

The balloon was inflated with helium, the camera and electronics were attached and away it went up to 100,000 feet before it popped and returned to earth. The camera was still snapping away when the students picked it up 10km from the launch site.

Team leader Gerard Marull, 18, said: "We were overwhelmed at our results, especially the photographs, to send our handmade craft to the edge of space is incredible."

Completing their landmark experiment on February, the Meteotek team had to account for a wide variety of variables and rely on a lot of luck.

"The balloon we chose was inflated with helium to just over two metres and weighed just 1500 grams," said Gerard. "It was able to carry the sensor equipment and digital Nikon camera which weighed 1.5kg.


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crestind8 years ago
Saw it on Wired. MIT people always making cool stuff.
kelseymh8 years ago
Bump It sure took a while, but CNN picked up this story, and even had a quote from Eric!
r3ckless0078 years ago
was the camera encased in some type of case or protective covering? and a parachute would be lost very quickly and float hundreds of miles away. and a transmitter would be very powerful to transmite twenty miles in the air and to the edge of space.
yourcat8 years ago
I saw this on the sparkfun front page.
CameronSS8 years ago
That reminds me, I did a project similar to this a couple years ago...a group with which I went to Kennedy Space Center designed and built a similar balloon. We never tried to recover it, but it transmitted live video feed back to us, and we each went home with a DVD of it. I should rip that and upload it sometime...
This was a good excuse, finally got around to it.

that is awesome
This is what I was talking about a few days ago. Very impressive!
VALDUCCI8 years ago
How cool is that? Way cool! Hmmm, answered my own question.
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