Sunday, June 20, 2010

Home Made High Altitude Camera

A cinematographer in Oxnard, CA, built a homemade high-altitude camera using a weather balloon with two second-hand digital cameras he bought on Ebay (for only $45) that captured beautiful video images from 24 miles above the Earth's surface.
DIY-tinkerer Colin Rich built his device using styrofoam and duct-tape to prevent the cameras from freezing at temperatures below -50F (aka 1002 uses now for duct-tape!).
The balloon eventually burst at around 125,000 feet, which triggered a parachute to deploy, allowing the device to float safely down to land in Santa Paula, 15 miles away from where it was originally launched.

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