More budget missions to the edge of space

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More budget missions to the edge of space


From the Daily Mail article on the flight

Another day, another amateur storming heaven with a spacecraft built from pocket change and stuff found laying around the house. Here, British amateur scientist and inventor, Robert Harrison, captures amazing images about 22 miles above sea level. His styro and duct tape “craft” houses a digital camera, camera servo, AVR MCU, radio transmitter GPS (module) GPS/GSM (tracker), temperature sensors, and power supply (battery). As the BBC reporter says at the end of the above piece “more budget missions to the edge of space” are planned. Oh goody! [via HacDC e-list]

Icarus Project (Robert’s project page)

Who needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing pictures of Earth captured by one man, a balloon and his compact camera (Daily Mail story)

Yorkshire space enthusiast records Earth using balloon (BBC story)


12 thoughts on “More budget missions to the edge of space

  1. Jason says:

    It’s typical that mainstream media reports this as if it is something new. People (including students) have been launching weather balloons carrying cameras and GPS devices for quite a while now.

    That said, it’s always good to see another successful mission completed!

  2. Matthew says:

    Pretty sure the reporter says “more budget missions”

    As Jason says, it’s all been done before, including recently on the BBC’s own popsci programme “Bang Goes the Theory”:

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      Yeah, you’re right. Went back and listened and he is saying “budget.” Dang it. I thought he was using my fave British slang term (bodge, bodging, bodger). Oh well, my mishearing gave me an idea for my next Maker’s Dictionary column (in the Make: Newsletter).

    2. earthshine says:

      The Balloon Launch on the BBC program “Bang Goes The Theory” was actually done by Robert Harrison. The BBC just kept that fact secret during filming.

  3. aenigma says:

    There is actually a competition going on right now (Hackerspaces In Space to see which team can successfully launch and retrieve a balloon with pictures of near space. The idea is not to just do it – has been done before many times – but rather see how cheaply, quickly, and efficiently it can be done. I do like the graphic they made of the mission. Very USA Today-ish.

    1. Norman says:

      I would really like to try something like that. Unfortunately, I live near the East coast of Florida and according to the balloon trajectory predictor in the rules for the competition, my camera would land about 100 miles out in the Atlantic. I don’t own a boat.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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