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Balloon In Space (Nearly)
September 23, 2006 5:50 PM   Subscribe

Project Nova: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs during its three hour flight, some showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
posted by jack_mo (24 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Those photos are amazing! They also have a selection of 90 of their favorites here. Great post, thank you!
posted by owhydididoit at 6:05 PM on September 23, 2006


Thatsprettycoolthanksforpostingthis.
posted by marxchivist at 6:09 PM on September 23, 2006


Awesome. I wonder how many universities have Spaceflight societies.
posted by matthewr at 6:13 PM on September 23, 2006


Hmm. A guy I met when I was at Cambridge this summer was involved with something similar. I wonder if he is some auxilary member of this group. Anyway, cool pics, thanks.
posted by papakwanz at 6:19 PM on September 23, 2006


"...some showing the curvature of the earth."

Hello new desktop wallpaper! Thanks for he link, jack_mo!
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:28 PM on September 23, 2006


Man, they should not have used auto white ballance...
posted by delmoi at 6:31 PM on September 23, 2006


cool post, thanks jack_mo.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:57 PM on September 23, 2006


Infinitely cool , it is interesting everything but the oscillator worked at well . I'd like to see the manufacturer declared operating temperature range, as I bet it is mostly off the shelf stuff (even if the pic board is assembled)
posted by elpapacito at 7:03 PM on September 23, 2006


Any chance this is a hoax? The balloon looks pretty tiny. It ascended to that altitude and came back down in England again? How is that possible?
posted by longsleeves at 7:32 PM on September 23, 2006


The balloon didn't come back, longsleeves; the camera did. What does size have to do with it?
posted by runehog at 8:10 PM on September 23, 2006


I haven't read the links yet so I don't know, but I imagine it's the same as a weather balloon. The balloon pops and the camera is parachuted back down.
posted by bob sarabia at 8:16 PM on September 23, 2006


Ok, now that I've read that launch report, it explains exactly what I said. Did you read it, longsleeves?
posted by bob sarabia at 8:19 PM on September 23, 2006


Cool stuff. Brings to mind kite aerial photography.
posted by ericb at 8:27 PM on September 23, 2006


Any chance this is a hoax? The balloon looks pretty tiny.

No. Check out weather balloons here.
posted by ericb at 8:29 PM on September 23, 2006


Mea culpa.
posted by longsleeves at 8:30 PM on September 23, 2006


I'd like to see the manufacturer declared operating temperature range, as I bet it is mostly off the shelf stuff (even if the pic board is assembled)

Sure, and the fix is trivial. Next time, spec a OXCO.

But that's how you learn.
posted by eriko at 8:40 PM on September 23, 2006


October Sky, anyone?
posted by cardoso at 9:09 PM on September 23, 2006


Pretty cool, but going through the gallery I got ticked off at all the errors 404 - Resource Not Found Sorry: the file you have tried to access isn't available on the SRCF server. Come on guys, if you're gonna put 857 thumbnails up, don't put 640 pictures on there and make me guess.
posted by hodyoaten at 10:06 PM on September 23, 2006


Beautiful.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:07 PM on September 23, 2006


NERDS!

The pictures are great, though.
posted by pkingdesign at 10:54 PM on September 23, 2006


Awesome! It made me long for a really warm suit and some air cylinders and a ride on that thing!
posted by swlabr at 5:25 AM on September 24, 2006


If only they'd put a "goldenpalace.com" ad on the balloon, they'd be rich now! But I love them for it!
posted by DenOfSizer at 6:08 AM on September 24, 2006


Wow, I can see where I live in one of these!
posted by grouse at 8:48 AM on September 24, 2006


nice one jack
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:12 AM on September 24, 2006


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