Mission: To send a weather balloon to near Space and capture the journey on camera.
To achieve exposure showing that anyone can push the boundaries of our modern day world and to show that the sky is not the limit but actually, the imagination of one& 39;s mind.
This new, modern era has provided us with a limitless amount of technology capable of sending humans and machines to a place where most of us can only dream....Space.
Now, this can change.
& 39;One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.& 39; Words that have their place in history as arguably one of the most famous quotes ever.
This & 39;giant leap& 39; has given me the chance to give you a taste of Space.
A friend and I have spent the last 6 months preparing the project and now we have taken action and put a start to it. Between us, we& 39;ve spent £200 in purchasing equipment for the project.
However, if we are to launch in the summer of 2011, we would thoroughly appreciate a little help from you.
How does it work?
A weather balloon, filled with helium, has a payload attached to it via a parachute. Inside our payload are a couple of cameras (to capture footage), a GPS (to locate the payload upon retrieval), a heater (to maintain a temperature where the equipment can work), a power pack (for backup power to devices), an altimeter (to record final height before burst).
As the balloon rises at around 5 metres a second, it will reach a height of nearly 100,000ft, comfortably flying over 3 times the height of Mount Everest.
At this height, it will burst and descend quickly until the parachute deploys, landing the payload and allowing the GPS to send a signal of its location after it& 39;s near 2 1/2 hour flight. We will retrieve the payload and review the footage of what could be the curvature of the Earth and the black curtain of Space.
So how is this unique?
All will be revealed shortly via my blog (link below) where I& 39;ll be revealing little snippets of information. We are confident that we have a heating device and a camera that has not been used before in an experiment such as this. The heater could pave the way for a new inovation in & 39;Space heating& 39; and the camera could offer us a view of our Earth and Space never seen before....
What& 39;s left before the launch?
We only have to pay for the balloon (£70), helium and launch site (£250), parachute (£40), secondary camera (£60), BT broadband dongle (£40) and an altimeter (£40).
This is all available and ready to be bought. Once testing of the payload has been done efficiently, we will be ready to launch.
Any surplus funds raised will be used to add extras to our payload such as a backup GPS.
Find out more:
Please take a look at the project blog to find out more. I post updates often with pictures and video and it will show you the progress I make building up to that all important launch day:
Any support is greatly appreciated! Take a look at the rewards for funding this project and most of all, enjoy the journey with me to the edge of Space.
If you do fund my project, be sure to leave your name in the & 39;Forum& 39; section or email it to me at: email@example.com
A final video will be made showing the journey provided we are succesful, and with a general buzz about the project by the local media already being emitted, who knows where this project could take us?
This is my small step for man, this is our giant leap for mankind.
Awaiting deployment. The countdown has begun.