Space Camera 5 – BNN

This was a dual payload launch. The first payload contained most importantly a Instant-Film ‘Polaroid’ camera. And some simple electronics with a GPS/radio system as a backup for the first payload.
That first payload contained the Live image stream payload for live image transmission together with a GPS. It also included various other sensors, and, two GoPro Hero camera’s for “BNN” which is a dutch broadcasting agency. They have a pseudo-science show in which they try to ask scientific questions like “Can one take a photograph from space”. Well, obviously, yes that can be done.
The other question was more fun though, “Do polaroids develop in space?”. Well, the answer is kinda. This was our very first test, with the very first instantfilms or ‘polaroids’ ever taken and developed in space. Read on and view on for some data, images, etc.

Broadcast on Dutch national television, NED3, at 21:40 on Wednesday 1 Feb.
After that I will publish more on this page.

Everything that’s mine on this page is licenced under a Creative Commons Unported 3.0 licence, unless otheriwse stated. Some parts (video, photographs) are probably also fall under the copyright of BNN.

Click on the link to view the polaroids on the seperate website for this launch.

Feel free to leave a comment below, providing some feedback, e.g. stating what we can do better next launch, what sensors you would like to see in them, etc!

Flight Statistics

Cost €0 (Helium+Balloon donated by BNN)
Launch 12:14 (24-11-2011 Laren, Netherlands)
Touchdown 14:02 (24-11-2011 Pannerden, Netherlands (Gelderland))
Burst 13:38
Flight Time 1h48m
Max. Altitude 25.901 m
Total Weight Payload 1 ~1500g
Total Weight Payload 2 ~1000g
Main Payload Beagleboard/GPS/Radio/Canon Powershot/2x GoPro Hero
2nd Payload Arduino/GPS/Radio/Polaroid Camera
# Pictures Received Live 10 Pictures
# Video Recorded 6 hours of full HD 1080p [50Gb]
Minimum inside temp -26°C (!!!!!) This is extremely cold for inside temp
Radio Power 10mW (434.653MHz & 434.075MHz)

Live Images Received

Read all about live image transmission in the “Space Camera Live” Missions.

Live Images Received through the live website

Live Tracker

We tracked the balloon during flight by two “chase” cars. This is what we say during the flights. We got its GPS position by the small radiotransmitter that we received in our car-radio’s.


Flight Trajectory

Trajectory of this flight.


Coming soon


Coming soon

Some Graphical Data

Thanks to

Mathijs de Wit & the BNN team.

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