Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pictures from a helium balloon 30km up into space

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Now this is something I call a hobby. Alexei Karpenko in his new project has launched a balloon with GPS, camera, sensors and communications to an altitude of 30km. High altitude ballooning is an emerging hobby, since price of GPS and communications equipment has gotten quite low. It is an excellent hobby for people fascinated by space flight and telerobotics and has many learning aspects — from systems design to electronics design to software engineering. There is also an exciting risk factor, namely, that you could lose your precious electronics if something malfunctions. He says that by his project he has verified that the Earth is indeed round and that space is black!!

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helium balloon image helium balloon image

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More pictures and videos are available at his website.

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