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tony hipchest
09-16-2009, 10:49 AM
holy cow! this kid is on some MacGyver shit.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009871154_bellevuespaceballoon16m.html

Bellevue grad, MIT student uses helium balloon to capture near-space photosOliver Yeh hopes his low-budget experiment in near-space photography will inspire other students. But the Federal Aviation Administration says future flights need a check-in with the FAA.

When he launched a cheap digital camera into the stratosphere with a weather balloon, a styrofoam cooler and disposable hand warmers, former Bellevue student Oliver Yeh hoped his low-budget experiment in near-space photography would inspire other students to do the same.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, and 2006 graduate of Bellevue's Newport High, got some stunning photos of the Earth from an estimated 93,000 feet about 17.5 miles high, far above the cruising altitude of commercial airplanes.

But was it legal?




heres his site with the kick ass pics. cool thing is, hes gonna post a step by step guide for free so we can do it too-

Project Icarus

http://space.1337arts.com/flight

vasteeler
09-16-2009, 10:54 AM
wow that is very cool

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-16-2009, 11:21 AM
But the Federal Aviation Administration says future flights need a check-in with the FAA.

:chuckle:...according to the article, it looks like the MIT kids had to remind the FAA that THEIR regulations state only balloons with payloads over 4 lbs have to registered for flight.

MACH1
09-16-2009, 12:11 PM
That is cool!

That's a long ass string to hold on to. :chuckle:

I wonder how far away it was when it landed.

xfl2001fan
09-16-2009, 01:03 PM
Good find Tony! Love seeing this kind of stuff!