June 17, 2010

From great heights: Cool weather balloon + camera project

Colin Rich used a homemade weather balloon to carry cameras to an altitude of 125,000 feet:

According to PetaPixel,

After purchasing two Canon compact cameras on eBay, Rich programmed them to take 3 photos every 3 minutes, and shoot a minute of video every fourth minute. The cameras were then insulated in styrofoam, and sent up to 125,000 feet before the balloon burst. With the help of a parachute, the cameras descended for 35 minutes and landed about 15-20 miles away.

It’s a great time to be alive. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 9:16 AM on June 17, 2010

Comments

  • Kote — 9:28 AM on June 17, 2010

    Awesome!!! nice shots!!! :D

  • Allan White — 11:17 AM on June 17, 2010

    I love the shot of the release: zooming upward out of the creator’s hands. Perfect! Excellent hacking.
    I can’t believe how high those things can go.

  • karl — 12:32 PM on June 17, 2010

    Why the hell is in the video HD On? It’s a thumbnail view!

  • RB — 2:51 PM on June 17, 2010

    That was incredible footage! I didn’t think/know that normal people could send stuff up that high. Beautiful photos!

  • Devlin — 10:13 PM on June 19, 2010

    Amazing. It truly is a great time to be alive. Thanks for sharing!

  • Colin Rich — 3:14 PM on June 25, 2010

    Thanks guys! I’m starting to plan out Pacific Star III…

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