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.
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|Cost||€0 (Helium+Balloon donated by BNN)|
|Launch||12:14 (24-11-2011 Laren, Netherlands)|
|Touchdown||14:02 (24-11-2011 Pannerden, Netherlands (Gelderland))|
|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.
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.
Some Graphical Data
Mathijs de Wit & the BNN team.