Flintstone Stargazing

November 12, 2011

In which I take photos above the atmosphere

Filed under: Astrophotography — Tags: , — Ed @ 1:03 pm

Yesterday, 11/11/11, Tim Ritzema, Damon Crumley, David Peterson and I launched a balloon that carried a camera above the majority of the atmosphere (over 90,000 feet, perhaps over 100,000 feet). We retrieved the package a couple hours later and retrieved the footage. While things didn’t go quite the way we wanted – the platform was really unstable – we learned a ton and got some neat photos.

Here is what we sent up

Here is where we found it on Google Maps.

It took us a bit more than 2 hours to drive to where it landed and almost an hour to actually find the location. The GPS coordinates were right on, but it took us a while (in the dark) to find our way to the right creek. The people who lived there weren’t home when we showed up in their driveway, though their friendly dogs were. We got out of my truck and Tim called the phone (which we had pre-flight set to an alarm tone-like ringtone and at full volume). I heard it and could tell it was close as I shone my flashlight down by the creek, I saw the parachute. We found it!

We’ve got a lot of ideas for our next flight and can’t wait to see what happens.

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1 Comment »

  1. Wow! Very cool.

    Comment by Pierre Stromberg — November 19, 2011 @ 8:32 pm


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