Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Near Space Photos on a Budget

A few students from MIT created a plan to shoot some photo's from pretty high up in the sky. About 17 miles high that is. They launched a helium ballon with the camera and a prepaid cell phone to serve as a GPS tracking unit. The rest was basically duct tape. Kidding aside, here is a list of the equipment and prices paid for them. The whole project cost less than $150!!

In addition to this interesting and frugal accomplishment, the students will also soon release a step by step how-to guide on launching your own low budget, near space, camera. Might I sense a science fair project in the future?? Oh yes, the guide will be low budget as well for anyone interested in taking on such a project. The guide will be free.

Photo courtesy of Oliver and Justin (

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