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HOMEMADE SPACECRAFT

was a launch of a sub-orbital high altitude balloon with a live camera in Jutland, Denmark. The video was then streamed live to two different locations in Aarhus and Copenhagen. The aspiration was to go further than anyone had gone before while live-streaming video down to Earth. The experiment failed. We lost the video signal about 4 minutes in - the balloon continued to ascend, imploded and descended without any GPS-signal to monitor where it would fall due to extreme temperatures. In the end after a day of searching our prediction proved true and we finally found it and uploaded the video.

Weather balloons are a type of high altitude balloon specifically used for transporting scientific payloads into our upper atmosphere. They can carry their payloads as high as 40,000 m ~ 130,000 ft. Every day approximately 800 meteorological weather balloons are released at 00:00 and again at 12:00 GMT at locations around the world. This provides a “snapshot” of our earth’s upper atmosphere twice a day. The few launches done by amateurs every day are just a drop in the bucket compared to the 1,600 or so launches done by meteorological organizations around the world.

History - One of the earliest documented uses of weather balloons was by French meteorologist Leon Teisserenc de Bort. He was actively launching weather balloons as early as 1896. His work was instrumental in the discovery of the tropopause and stratosphere. These are unique layers in our atmosphere which you can discover for yourself with our Eagle Flight Computer. Because Leon Teisserenc de Bort's work was so instrumental, he was honored by having both a crater on the Moon and a crater on Mars named after him. In the early 1900s, a meteorologist and geophysicist by the name of Alfred Wegener used weather balloons to perform experiments which led him to discover his Continental Drift Theory. He published his theory in 1912. He's theory was met with a lot of resistance and wasn't accepted until the 1960s, more than 30 years after his death. He has also been honored by having both a crater on the Moon and a crater on Mars named after him. James Van Allen, who would later discover our Earth’s Van Allen Belts, also performed many important weather balloon experiments in the 1950’s. Time magazine honored him as Man of the Year in 1960. Imagine what you could discover by launching your own mission to the edge of space!

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Homemade Spacecraft LIVE Launch 13th of April 2016 at 12.00 CEST

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Homemade Spacecraft 1 from Kasper A. Holm on Vimeo.

This project was supported by Snabslanten.dk

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