In the fall of 2012 I helped a group of middle school students send a GoPRO HD video camera to "near space". What follows are the details of the project.
Here is the 3 minute video showing the highlights of the launch and recovery:
- 1200 gram latex weather balloon was filled with 150 cubic feet of helium -- weather balloon was approximately 6 feet in diameter at lift off.
- Payload was an off-the-shelf styrofoam cooler that was modified for this project.
- Payload weighed 4 pounds.
- Payload contents included: GoPRO Hero 2 HD video camera with a 32 GB memory card and extra battery pack, SPOT gps unit, PocketFinder gps unit, personal items from each student
- Launched on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 9:20 am EST
- Launching location: Francine Delany New School for Children Charter School (www.fdnsc.net) in Asheville, NC
- This project was a collaboration between the school and TEDx Asheville 2012.