Hobbyist Shoots Earth From Edge of Space

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 5:33 pm » by Newearthman


A typical space shuttle mission flies 200 miles above the earth's surface and returns beautiful pictures on the way, but it involves 1,500 people, puts six or seven astronauts at risk and costs, depending on who's doing the counting, close to half a billion dollars.

A British inventor uses a camera, balloon and duct tape to photograph space.

Robert Harrison got some pretty good pictures too. He did it with a weather balloon, a used digital camera he picked up on eBay and some duct tape.

"I thought I was going to get some nice pictures," said Harrison, a computer engineer from the British town of Highburton, West Yorkshire, "but I didn't realize I'd see the curvature of the earth, the blue band of the atmosphere and the blackness of space."

His camera rises to altitudes of about 20 miles over the English countryside. The price per flight: about $750.


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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 5:42 pm » by Zegtelzegtel


I saw that in a vid on you tube....cant find it...

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 5:59 pm » by Zegtelzegtel



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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 6:58 pm » by Gbrown


NACA lying about everything, every time, always, with peace. ;)

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 7:18 pm » by Pindz


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WORST CHEMICAL TOXIC SKIES EVER

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 8:07 pm » by Dtnelis


you can do it for wayyyy cheaper, MIT did this months ago..

$150!! and it would cost even less for a relaunch :)

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/ ... ey-budget/

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Meet the $150 (almost to) Space Camera.

Bespoke is old hat. Off-the-shelf is in. Even Google runs the world’s biggest and scariest server farms on computers home-made from commodity parts. DIY is cheaper and often better, as Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh found out when they decided to send a camera into space.

The two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work.

Of course, all this would be pointless if the guys couldn’t find the rig when it landed, so they dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148.

Launch

Two weeks ago, on Sept. 2, at the leisurely post-breakfast hour of 11:45 a.m., the balloon was launched from Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Lee and Yeh took a road trip in order to compensate for the prevailing winds, which could have otherwise taken the balloon out onto the Atlantic, and checked in on the University of Wyoming’s balloon trajectory website to estimate the landing site.

Because of spotty cellphone coverage in central Massachusetts, it was important to keep the rig in the center of the state so it could be found upon landing. Light winds meant the guys got lucky and, although the cellphone’s external antenna was buried upon landing, the fix they got as the balloon was coming down was close enough.

The Photographs

The balloon and camera made it up high enough to see the black sky curling around our blue planet. The Canon was hacked with the CHDK (Canon Hacker’s Development Kit) open-source firmware, which adds many features to Canon’s cameras. The intervalometer (interval timer) was set to shoot a picture every five seconds, and the 8-GB memory card was enough to hold pictures for the five-hour duration of the flight.

The picture you see above was shot from around 93,000 feet, just shy of 18 miles high. It’s short of the widely-accepted Kármán line, which is at 100km (62 miles) up, but it’s in the stratosphere, and it’s still impressive. To give you an idea of how high that is, when the balloon burst, the beer-cooler took 40 minutes to come back to Earth.

What is most astonishing about this launch, named Project Icarus, is that anyone could do it. The budget is so small as to be almost nonexistent (the guys slept in their car the night before the launch to save money), so that even if everything went wrong, a second, third or fourth attempt would be easy. All it took was a grand idea and an afternoon poking around the hardware store.

The project website has few details on how the balloon was put together — but the students say they will be posting the step-by-step instructions soon. UPDATE: The instructions will be available for free, not $150, as earlier reported.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/ ... z0jOxRiM4U


Directions - http://space.1337arts.com/


NOW LETS GET SOME PICTURES PEOPLE!

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 8:16 pm » by jetxvii


Someone needs to apply that and send a human in a balloon, if one is willing to be the sheep to do it.

get an air tank a pressure diving suit, a huge balloon, a parachute and I think we have a very cheap and also a very dangerous but potentially can be worked with space program.

screw the millions and the safety we got an idea here.

or better yet Nasa could do this with satellites they want sent into space, just reinforce the balloon make it bigger, and release satellite at desired distance with a simple pop of the balloon.... naw now I am just being a retard..

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 8:21 pm » by Spock


pindz wrote:WORST CHEMICAL TOXIC SKIES EVER



It's called an atmosphere. If it were not for those pesky "chemicals" you wouldn't be able to bounce around the forum with your tin foil hat on, hating lizards and jews.

Now how much fun would the alternative be?

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 8:25 pm » by jetxvii


1:40 you can see footage as it travels up and hits the very top then pops, this is one wicked cool video, not because I uploaded it, because it is awesome that was the reason I uploaded it..

remember 1:40

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PostSat Mar 27, 2010 8:39 pm » by Kingz


jetxvii wrote:Someone needs to apply that and send a human in a balloon, if one is willing to be the sheep to do it.

get an air tank a pressure diving suit, a huge balloon, a parachute and I think we have a very cheap and also a very dangerous but potentially can be worked with space program.

screw the millions and the safety we got an idea here.

or better yet Nasa could do this with satellites they want sent into space, just reinforce the balloon make it bigger, and release satellite at desired distance with a simple pop of the balloon.... naw now I am just being a retard..


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On August 16, 1960, he made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m).[1] Towing a small drogue chute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph [2][3] (988 km/h or 274 m/s) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled up to twice its normal size.[4][5] He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere[6]. These are still current USAF records, but were not submitted for aerospace world records to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger
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