Well it seems that I'm not made out to be a blogger.
This entry is simply to admit that everything in my past entries is now outdated.
There are more projects happening and lots of fun stuff to be done but I don't feel like writing about it. Instead you will get to see the end product, most likely in the form of a video, at a later stage.
If you have some cool ideas y
Until then, please comment, contact and stay in touch.
Regards to whoever is out there,
So once again its been far too long since my last post. I'm not very good with these things. Since the last post lots has happened. I became increasingly aware of the complication of launching a weather balloon with so little experience. I have therefore teamed up with some guys from the 'Kiwi Space Foundation' who have far more experience and are generally far smarter than me. We are in full pre production for this project and currently designing and constructing the payload. We are aiming to launch within the next month but cant be sure. I am also making a documentary about this project, exploring why people attempt projects like this. Additionally, the documentary will include footage from 100,000ft, assuming we recover the payload upon landing. I will post the documentary when it is finished.
So, a long time has passed since I have taken the time to write any updates in our project. Needless to say we have all been very busy with university projects and assignments; however, we have still been able to dedicate some small amounts of time towards this project.
Still, what seems to be troubling us the most, at this stage, is camera equipment. The time from takeoff to peak altitude can vary and is dependent on different factors. At this point we are aiming to accommodate for at least 2 and half hours footage. The more the better, however.
The GoPro HD can handle this if we use large SD cards and an external battery pack. But do we want the GoPro!? The images look great for its size and out of all the cameras we’ve been looking at it seems to provide the nicest picture. However, it has a fisheye lens. This is something we feel may not be appropriate for this project as it would create distortion in the earth’s curvature at its high altitudes.
Pondering on whether the GoPro is the right choice, we decided it would be advantageous to rig up two HD cameras (unknown what yet) and stitch the footage together later to create a panorama video. This would look cooler than a fisheye image and would still provide a large amount of area captured.
The only problem now is we don’t know what cameras to use... the new Key Ring Spy Camera is cool and cheap, however it only films in 720 and we want the full 1080p for this. So...this is where we are at. We are still searching for cameras that provide a full HD image, have a nice picture, are cost effective, light weight and can have an external power supply... well get there eventually :)
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Some friends and I are going to send a weather balloon up to the upper stratosphere this summer as a side project. It will be up on kickstarter.com if anyone wants to donate. We will be mounting 2 GoPro HD cameras on it and hopefully getting some really beautiful images and footage from the edge of space.
We will also be mounting it with a parachute, GPS and radio reflector to avoid any air collisions.
I will be posting some videos and links to our project as we begin getting more involved.
There will also possibly be framed HD photos for anyone that is interested in helping us out on kickstarter.com to raise the funds we will need to buy all the equipment.