Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Amateur Space Balloon! Amazing Footage!

A few months ago I posted a great video from a homemade weather balloon that went 24 miles high.  That one's got a pretty feel-good soundtrack and some nice stop motion work, and they captured some wonderful images.  But they were mainly just stills, taken with a pair of second hand digital cameras.

Well, I think this video may top that one.  Back in August, a father and son from Brooklyn sent up their own weather balloon, equipped with an HD camcorder and GPS.  The footage they got is just fantastic.  Take a look:

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

My favorite moment is the popping of the balloon, around 19 miles high (at that height they estimate its diameter to be more than 18 feet!), and the tumble back towards Earth.  What a spectacular view!  This is what Felix Baumgartner will be seeing as he makes his supersonic freefall from the edge of space. 

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  1. Stunning! Well done Luke and the national space centre in Brooklyn!

  2. Could this be the view that will launch a thousand balloons? Amazing footage! Such a great experiment!

  3. I've been back to view this a few times now. Good stuff. I really like that they made it a family project.