Meteotek is a Spanish high school project to build a meteorological sounding balloon equipped with temperature and pressure sensors, GPS, radio, and a still camera. They had a successful launched on February 28, 2009. Their Flickr pages are in (Catalan) Spanish, but the photos speak for themselves. It’s just endlessly amazing to me that the technology now exists for amateurs, high school kids even, to be able to reach into space. Check out that back seat space command center!

Meteotek 08

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Anonymous coward

    Having spanish as a first language, I was surprised when I found the website difficult to understand… turns out it’s written in Catalan.

  • garethb2

    Hah. Yeah, it didn’t look like the Spanish I had in high school, I knew that. Then I thought it might be Portuguese, but it didn’t appear to be that. Catalan! Of course. I added a clarifier in post.

  • Borja

    Spain have at least 8 other oficial languages besides spanish. For example ,I speak Catalan and Spanish, but i’ve friends that speak Catalan, Spanish, Aranes, and few words of Euskera. I’ts amazing how many languages we have!!

  • Diógenes

    La verdad que menuda estupidez hacer la página en catalán y en inglés y no en español.

    Para ser tan currantes y conseguir enviar un globo a la conchinchina habeis quedado como unos pepinos redactando la página, honestamente. Todo el mérito que os dio una cosa os lo quitó la otra.

    Saludos cordiales.

  • Kyle Crockett
    High Altitude Ballooning Forum

    Check it out…

  • Kyle Crockett
    High Altitude Ballooning Forum

    Check it out…