The balloon project – Berlin

Craft & Design

This particular video from “The Balloon Project” is of a flight launched in Berlin, but there are several other locations available on the on their website. I’m not too sure how the authorities feel about this project, but the results are really interesting.

The Balloon Project is a video project that started with the idea to send a video camera over the city of San Francisco – no strings attached: just the wind, gravity, and chasing it down to wherever it lands. Watch us attempt video history as we continue to conquer new locations across the world.

There is a lot more information, and videos, on their website – Link
Central park is my personal favorite – Link

8 thoughts on “The balloon project – Berlin

  1. frogsoceity says:

    This would add several thousand dollars production value to a low-budget movie.

  2. Alex says:

    I need more info!

    How did they track it? Surely not just by chasing it down

    What camera did they use? Photos look like a video camera.

  3. Marc says:

    From what I understand, it is just launched and visually tracked. The video of Times Square shows the tracking (or lack of). They discover it on an adjacent rooftop and have to try and retrieve it.

  4. Alex says:

    That’s pretty awesome then.

    I really want to do some amatuer ballooning, but the recovery always seems to be the bit I can’t solve – one of my ongoing projects is to get a moobile phone (aka cell phone) to sent an SMS with GPS coords, but the hardware is too expensive for me to consider a “disposable” item at this stage.

    I wonder if you just use a combination of following it visually, and somehow have a controlled “leak” in the balloons, so that you know you will only have say a 5 min flight time?

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