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Helium Balloon Photography > Kite Photography

Postby DonSlice » Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:59 pm UTC

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/balloon-in-s ... 293245.php

Basically, some guys released a helium balloon and set the camera to take pictures once a minute. Armed with a tracking device and favorable conditions, they got pictures from the edge of the atmosphere.

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Postby TRM » Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:04 pm UTC

That's awesome :)

Why do they say 'ordinary guys' though? Are they assuming you have to be a scientist with advanced technology to do that?
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Postby Castaway » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:17 pm UTC

What if somebody had recovered it before them, assuming they recovered it at all?
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Postby hack124x768 » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:45 pm UTC

Castaway wrote:What if somebody had recovered it before them, assuming they recovered it at all?

Then that would suck for them. I don't know what they could do legally.
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Postby Oort » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:49 pm UTC

How did they get the picturees back? Did the balloon land in a convenient place?

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Postby Castaway » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:50 pm UTC

I think it transmitted as it flew.
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Postby Rasputin » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:17 pm UTC

Castaway wrote:I think it transmitted as it flew.


Weather balloons like this typically carry a small antenna (a thin wire about 8-10 inches long) that transmits the data it captures. I imagine they used close to the same method.
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Postby Teshi » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:23 pm UTC

The earth is so freaking beautiful.

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Postby DonSlice » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:27 pm UTC

There's a picture in the gallery that shows something coming down with a parachute... So, they possibly had some way to disconnect the camera, or let the helium from the balloon... Who knows?

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Postby Token » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:17 pm UTC

Oort wrote:How did they get the picturees back? Did the balloon land in a convenient place?
Castaway wrote:I think it transmitted as it flew.
Rasputin wrote:Weather balloons like this typically carry a small antenna (a thin wire about 8-10 inches long) that transmits the data it captures. I imagine they used close to the same method.
DonSlice wrote:There's a picture in the gallery that shows something coming down with a parachute... So, they possibly had some way to disconnect the camera, or let the helium from the balloon... Who knows?

One possible way of finding out how they did it would be to click the link and read the article. Surely that is less effort than making a post? I find it odd that the OP doesn't even appear to have read the article...

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Postby ks_physicist » Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:42 pm UTC

Weather balloons typically ascend until the baloon ruptures, and then the package descends on a parachute.

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Postby pingu » Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:36 pm UTC

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Postby DonSlice » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:23 pm UTC

Token wrote:One possible way of finding out how they did it would be to click the link and read the article. Surely that is less effort than making a post? I find it odd that the OP doesn't even appear to have read the article...


Ah. Yeah. Sorry. I must have missed that part. :)

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Postby Droooo » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:30 pm UTC

How gutted would they have been if the camera had run out of battery, or memory, or fell off?

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Postby ks_physicist » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:55 pm UTC

Droooo wrote:How gutted would they have been if the camera had run out of battery, or memory, or fell off?


I accept that the cameras I run up on aerial photo platforms have a high likelihood of dying horrid deaths. An old professor of mine sends up some very expensive hardware, but then he has grant funding.

This is one reason why I have been working on a cheap, resilient imaging platform that is lightweight but can do useful work. Just to be obnoxious, and because my budget is limited, I'm making it primarily from the cheap cameras like you can get from wal-mart. :) Cheap cameras --> multispectral imaging platform.

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Postby Sjonyonye » Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:05 am UTC

Yes! Finally we can find out... where do balloons GO?


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