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HD Video From the Edge of Space, On the Cheap

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    More good stuff.

    These Canadian guys attached a HD video camera to a hydrogen balloon and launched. It rose to 104k feet (just shy of 20 miles high) and the balloon popped and the camera parachuted back to earth. It recorded the whole thing in HD! :)

    The video is almost 10 minutes, though the total flight was about 2 hours and 45 minutes. You can watch the launch, then fast forward to about the middle and at that point, they fast forward to where it is basically in space. You see the balloon pop and it start falling. You can watch it fall for a while, then they fast forward to right before it hits the ground.

    Very cool stuff!

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  2. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    Pretty cool...albeit nauseating. They might want to try putting some fins or air foils on whatever casing they use to try and control its descent next time.
  3. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Ummm, I have a question. How did they get the camera back and please don't tell me they had 20 miles of string!?

    :muttley:
  4. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    Gravity took over, it wasn't completely out in space so it still fell
  5. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Soooo, your theory is, an untethered balloon ascends 20 miles into the air, taking 2:45, then magically makes the roughly 20-30 minute free-fall back to earth, and it's noooo problem finding it? That's what you're going with Mr Wizard!!??
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    They somehow controlled it's decent. You can see them waiting for it a brief second before it actually landed. I'm sure it had GPS on it. They are a bit more technical than your average joe.
  7. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    Simple misunderstanding on my part, I thought ment like "how did it come back down to earth"
  8. Temo

    Temo Active Member

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    GPS. Small enough to fit in your iPhone, small enough for this project.
  9. DallasFanSince86

    DallasFanSince86 Pessimism Sucks

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    Pretty cool video.

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