Ways to improve "HD camera attached to weather ballon" space experiment?

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Offline scienceguy1200

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Its the experiment where you attach a camera to a weather balloon until it reaches the edge of space/stratosphere. I really want to do it but im afraid i wont come off as original if i just straight copy someone else's methods. Is there any ways to could improve it to make it my own? Perhaps make it more effective or perform a test while its in/near space?

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Here is another link about a paper glider attached to the weather balloon.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=35112.0

You need to decide what your system goals are.  Just reach space?  Photos from above the clouds?  How long do you want it to be in the air?  I assume you can add a pressure regulator to keep the balloon from bursting for a while, but you may want to add some kind of a self-destruct then.  I suppose, even so, the gas will slowly leak out of the balloon, so it would have a finite life in space anyway.  You might even want to incorporate a refilling method like a small CO2 cartridge filled with H2.

Modes for controlled descent?

It looks like most of the balloons use hydrogen rather than helium, which should give you the maximum lift.
« Last Edit: 15/12/2011 01:51:33 by CliffordK »

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Yes, my main goal is to reach space (as much as possible anyway). I have also considered the idea of maybe just leaving something in space. (just so i could say there is something in space that belongs to me or what not). I've been contemplating using a homemade rocket, either for launching the camera even further once it at peak altitude or using it as the object to leave there. I don't foresee building the rocket to be difficult but i can't think of anyway to ignite it 18+ miles in mid air air from the ground. Your ideas are great too btw!

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Yes, my main goal is to reach space (as much as possible anyway).

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The USA sets the space-boundary at 50 miles high while the FAI defines space as starting at a height of 100 km.
http://www.oddee.com/item_96973.aspx

A rocket which could travel tens of kilometers would cost a fortune (and require a flight plan).

BTW See what the BBC did with my licence fee and a reliant robin ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_duXqSg3rqg&feature=related


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIwXtRQQQZc
« Last Edit: 15/12/2011 04:04:17 by RD »