Near Space Expedition:
Stretch Goal: Now that we have successfully reached our founding goal, I would like to introduce some stretch goals!
$1200: At $1200, we will have raised enough funds to purchases a second HD Camera. This will be used to film a different angle, hopefully seeing other amazing views.
$1500: Unlocked at $1200!
As a final project, I am looking to send a weather balloon into near space. I have been fascinated with space for a long time, and I now have the chance to take my fascination to the next level. With your help I will be creating a payload capsule, equipped with at least one HD camera, capable of reaching over 100,000 feet above the Earth in what is known as near space. The capsule will have 4 sensors all to enhance the knowledge of conditions high above the Earth. These will include: GPS Recorder, Light Sensor, Pressure/Temp Sensor, and a Temp/Humidity Sensor.
With the project funds I will be constructing and assembling a capsule, with 1 to 3 HD cameras. These cameras will film the entire journey, from takeoff to landing. With the video we will be able to see some of the most beautiful views from over 19 miles above the ground. Our capsule will consist of an insulated container with holes cut for the cameras to film. It will be built using very strong and durable plastic. Attached to it will be a parachute, and of coarse a helium weather balloon. The capsule will be stabilized with the use of plastic piping. Inside the capsule will be an external battery and a heat source that will keep the equipment warm enough to function in the Sub 0 degrees weather. In order to track the capsule, a SPOT Tracking GPS device will be used. After the retrieval of the payload, we will be watching and taking stills from the video. The images and video will be used in the rewards, all of which you can participate in. Our Ultimate goal is to construct a capsule capable of floating up into the stratosphere in order to learn more about the conditions in near space, both through the use of videos, and data collecting sensors.
How You Can Benefit:
Their are many different awards in which you can partake in. You can have your very own personal photo sent into space. Not interested yet? Send a postcard with a detachable picture taken from space. You can also receive a CD of the entire flight in full HD. Instead of that, have that perfect moment captured on a flexible magnet that can be placed on the fridge. You can even get a custom iPhone case of some of the most beautiful images taken from the journey. You can even earn the naming rights to the capsule; sending your company name, or any name you would like up to space. Our coolest reward allows you to send your company logo (or any picture) up into space, to be filmed with the world as your background.
Where The Money Goes:
As you can imagine, going to near space isn't exactly cheap. Multiple materials are required to make this work. As well as the rental of a GPS device, it also requires HD cameras, the 4 sensors, heating devices, an external battery (to keep the cameras charged), a large weather balloon, parachute, and other miscellaneous supplies to construct the capsule.
Risks and challenges
The recovery of weather balloon projects isn't always easy. There is always a possibility that when the payload lands it may not be able to be found. However I am taking as many precautions as possible, like using state of the art GPS technology, as well as picking the very best day to launch the balloon.
In the unlikely event this is to happen, everyone will be sent a personal letter expressing my thanks, and deepest apologies. Believe me I will be as devastated as you are. I cannot, however, be responsible for unfulfilled rewards due to mother nature.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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