High definition still from near space
A snap showing the balloon popped at high altitude
Testing the equipment
On the left, the packed camera and batteries. On the right, the tracker
Can you see it?
Tracking the balloon from a customized glove compartment
Being filmed by the Discovery Channel while waiting to recover the payload
A still from the camera just before it landed, the recovery team can be seen to the left
All smiles as the payload survives the adventure intact
After receiving an email from a Japanese enthusiast, a group of amateur radio high altitude balloon buffs jumped at the chance to help record the first ever non-professional near space high definition video, and maybe set a new altitude record on the way. After squeezing the HD camcorder and tracking hardware into a styrofoam box, and a couple of false starts, the 1500g high altitude, hydrogen-filled balloon was away.
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