See the solar eclipse from the edge of space!
SciJoy is launching a high altitude balloon with a 360 degree camera rig. The balloon will reach an altitude of 20 km during totality. This vantage point will allow the camera to capture the moon crossing in front of the sun and the shadow traversing across the ground. The balloon will ascend over 30 km before bursting and returning to the ground. The entire flight will take two to three hours.
The team is launching from the Homestead in Beatrice Nebraska. This location is in the center of the path of totality. Our balloon trajectory simulations predict the balloon will remain in the path during the flight. The area is flat, which is better for finding the payloads when they land. The Homestead has several days of activities planned in coordination with NASA and the Planetary Society. We will be launching with New Mexico State University.
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High Altitude Balloon Series
The team of engineers has created a video series explaining the physics of high altitude balloons and detailing the process of building a balloon system.
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The 360 degree camera rig consists of six GoPro Hero5 Sessions. The rig is constructed from custom designed 3D printed parts and purchased carbon fiber rods. To avoid over heating at lower altitudes, each camera has its own heat sink and fan. Foam will be added to the rig to insulate the cameras and batteries at high altitudes.
The balloon will use a SPOT and an Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) for tracking. These systems will allow the team to find the balloon after it lands. The team has made a ground station that receives signals from the tracking devices.
The antenna and electronics are housed inside of a foam ball to keep them warm in the hight altitudes.