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Produce a cool and informative video of our Hydrogen Weather Balloon Launch into Near Space - 19 Miles Up!

Be a part of creating a video that will follow our launch of our Hydrogen Weather Balloon Launch into Near Space.  You can actually be part of the action!  As seen on www.19milesup.com our team consisting of 10+ people has experience in launching HYDROGEN weather balloons to near space.  By using Hydrogen, we can reduce costs in gas, and focus our capital on good equipment.  See below for HD videos of the previous flight.

This equipment includes different kinds of cameras that use different types of lenses to get different angles and effects when over 100,000 feet.  Some of our cameras will focus on video, while others will focus on photography. The photographs and video will be spectacular!  We will be tracking statistics and tracking where we are at on the earth throughout the flight.

All of this will be included in the video, along with basic explanations of how it works (lift, drag, gravity, calculations, etc.)  The video above has some of our previous footage, but without production.  This will be a big part of our project after the launch.

The balloon starts at a diameter of 6 feet on the ground, but as it soars to over 100,000 feet above earth, it will expand to almost 30 feet in diameter!  That's a big balloon.  Total flight should take 2 - 2.5 hours.  Though on our last flight we under-filled the balloon, so the flight took 5.5 hours!  Actually, the balloon stops climbing as the balloon cannot expand further, so since we under-filled, it actually traveled higher than a standard flight.

Here is GPS tracking data 1 from our 'Spot' tracking device.

Flight path from Spot Tracker
Flight path from Spot Tracker
Flight path from Boost Mobile GPS (all the way to Minnesota!)
Flight path from Boost Mobile GPS (all the way to Minnesota!)

Here is the story from our last launch:

And special thanks from Rick Hannen, who let us launch from Hannen airport (0IA8) in Center Point.

 

8:15am – Show up at Hannen airport (Ben is actually on time – this is when we’d know it’s a special day)

9:10am – Balloon is ‘let go’

9:10am – large balloon filled with Hydrogen heads for electrical fence – Conrad runs towards it

9:10am – After impact with electrical fence, tail is severed … all electronics survived!  We hope someone has footage of this.

9:15am – GoPro camera takes awesome picture of us standing on airstrip celebrating – a little bit of spinning due to broken tail

9:50am – GoPro camera shuts down while in clouds/haze – most likely culprit – overheating!   Had battery charge, but may have overheated since it was embedded in Styrofoam

?:?? am – after group has a good time playing cards in Winthrop, IA, we head to Elkader where last Spot GPS signal was seen.

12:40pm – at around 90,000 feet the battery goes out on the flip camera – awesome photographs of Mississippi river and rolling hills with little clouds below. 

1:00 – Enjoying half pound cheeseburger at the Elkader Supper Club

1:40pm (est)  – Balloon pops – probably was far above 100,000 feet since we under-filled balloon (which means it can go higher)

2:10pm – leave Elkader Supper Club – all a bit disappointed

2:19.14pm – we don’t know it, but the package lands! – vertical fall at 1400 feet a minute, horizontal movement at 30 mph.

2:35pm – receive contact from Boost mobile phone – last signal one mile east of the Caledonia, MN airport – total flight time 5 hours 10 minutes.

4:00pm – I dropped off kids in Sumner, IA at grandparents house – Father-in-law and I head to Minnesota.

5:45pm – arrive in field near Caledonia, MN – look near GPS spot

6:40pm – talk to local farmers – one hops on 4-wheeler and helps look

7:25pm – after my 3rd time of saying ‘let’s call it quits’ I really mean it – “One last fence line we want to check” after 1.75 hours of hopping ditches and climbing fences

7:30pm – Jack Gitch spots tiny fluttering orange nylon parachute from 100 yards, 6 feet from hayfield (where we wouldn’t have seen it) – estimated impact is at 33 mph.  Spot GPS is BUSTED and batteries are ‘bent’ why it didn’t send a signal at the end.  All spare battery packs were loose in the cooler from impact, ‘pausing’ Boost mobile device … this is why it didn’t give us the final GPS location … it was ¼ mile from last GPS point.

11:50pm- Package arrives in Cedar Rapids, 16 hours later.

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