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About this project

Hi everyone!

My team and I have designed a helium balloon controlled by a flight computer, able to reach and exceed 40,000 meters (above 132.000 feet), picking up a video in high definition and capturing atmospheric data.

You can see and follow the balloon that I am realizing with my team at this link :)

http://apotatostory.com/hot-air-balloon-story/how-to-design-aerostat/uhab-ultra-high-altitude-balloon/

If funds will be sufficient, we will use hydrogen to go even at the top, and the beginning of the video will be done with a drone.

As you might understand, this project is very ambitious and we are already working for it to become reality!

The base amount requested for this project mainly covers:

-HD Camera

-Helium (About 16 cubic meters)

-Pre-launch test

-Sensors

-Batteries

-Polyethylene for the envelope

-Gasoline for recovering it (it may land hundred kilometers away)

Details:

The balloon will be radar reflective so as to be visible to aircraft, and several weeks before the launch a valid permit to the National Civil Aviation Authority will be required. It will have a volume of about 2100 cubic meters (75.000 sq f) and it will be made from polyethylene so as to ensure lightness and strength.

The payload will consist of video camera that can make videos in 4K (the highest definition available on the market) that will record everything from takeoff to landing; solar panels, and a specially programmed control unit to record and to read atmospheric data.

Data that will be collected:

-Altitude via barometric sensor and GPS

-quality air

-Outside Air temperature, and temperature inside the spacecraft

-Humidity

-Location of the balloon

The flight computer will also be able to decide -thanks to the acquired data- when and if to start the emergency procedure for the landing even in case of critical events such as:

-Low Battery level

-Temperature Inside the spacecraft too low

-Sudden Loss altitude

Upon reaching the highest altitude possible, the flight computer will also start the return procedure, releasing the spacecraft casing and opening the special parachute that will bring it back to the ground unharmed.

From 3000 m altitude it will send data regarding its position every minute, so will be able to found and recovered it if necessary.Here you can find another video of my previous balloons. (It is a little hot air balloon)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ktCezmh3k

These balloons are smaller than the one under construction now, (which is about 1000 times greater!), but they allowed me to acquire the knowledge necessary to the realization of this project.

If you, like me, have always dreamed of being an astronaut, with this project, you will not go into space, But you will see the earth from 40,000 meters high, knowing that all this has been possible thanks to your help!

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

CHALLENGES: If the fundraiser, reach figures more than one set, I can improve the project by adding the following features:

650 € Is the first figure to starting + I will publish on my website the complete tutorial and the codes to program the flight computer

1300 € We'll use a drone to make a video of balloon first minutes flight

1900 € We'll use 2 drone to make a video of balloon first minutes flight

3000 € or more... Flock of drones !!

RISK Like all projects and all the space missions, this one involves risks that may cause or result in a partial success. For this will carry out several, both on the materials, both on the sensors, so as to ensure, as for the other balloons made by us, a high chance of success.

- There will be risks for aircraft? NO. We will require all necessary documents to civil aviation national entity, which will free up airspace for the time necessary. - Is the balloon specially developed for this mission? YES our team has been involved in designing from zero every component of the mission, including the balloon with a volume of 2,000 cubic meters. -What about your Team? My team is composed by: Creator and project manager: Teo Computer Programmer: Max Video and Graphics specialist: Marco Others will work with us during the balloon construction, and at launch

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