Supervised Aerial Photography Height Experiment. An experiment - in assessing the viability of near space travel using low cost and easily accessible methods in construction, launch, telemetry tracking, and payload recovery. We will be launching a weather balloon with a payload of cameras and sensors to an altitude of approximately 110,000 feet. That’s over 20 miles, STRAIGHT UP!
Being from New Jersey raises a very big design challenge in our experiment. With prevailing winds heading east, is this thing going to land in the Atlantic? It wouldn't be engineering if all the problems were solved for us! A big part of the experiment involves forecasting winds in the upper atmosphere and projecting our flight path. Working from an outer absolute boundary of the Atlantic Ocean, we will work backwards to find a launch site that will allow us to travel safely past a major airport, and land in an area where our payload will be easy to recover.
Tracking the flight real time will be covered with a primary and backup GPS locator. The first method will use a transmitter that broadcasts location, altitude, and speed using GPS and the HAM radio network. We will also be using a backup method in the form of a GPS locator service that broadcasts telemetry every few minutes (when below 21,320ft).
On board the flight, we will be shooting several streams of HD video and stills, using GoPRO cameras. Our flight will take us over one of the most populated areas of the country, and we hope to get some spectacular aerial shots of the city of Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas using these rugged cameras.
We are about to start building our payload, and we need some funding in order to complete our orders of a large balloon, a helium tank, and a couple more HD cameras. Every contributor is a member of our team, and we are really excited to share the results of this experiment with all of you. We are shooting for a launch in mid March, and a follow-up launch a month later to go even HIGHER!
Our project is led by Stephen Sutter, a Junior at Gateway Regional High School. We are looking for people who share in his dream of flying higher and higher. You’ve got the “right stuff”. We want you to help us join the club of people lucky enough to see the world from the edge of space.
Please check out the project blog for updates - http://spacecam.tumblr.com/
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