Marathon to the Sky

Do you remember the outstanding adventure of the very brave man Felix Baumgartner and the space diving project “Red Bull Stratos” in October 2012? The Austrian sky diver flew in a helium balloon approximately 39 kilometres (24 mi) into the stratosphere over New Mexico, United States, before free falling in a pressure suit and then parachuting back to Earth. Granted, not as spectacular as Felix’s space jump, but nevertheless exciting is the Near-Space Balloon Project at Olean High School.

Saad Mirza, student and project manager of the near space project, is preparing the DIMIKA cameras for the extreme conditions above 42km

Saad Mirza, student and project manager of the near space project, is preparing the DIMIKA cameras for the extreme conditions above 42km (Photo: https://www.facebook.com/marathontothesky)

 A team of 17 students will send a payload to near-space using a scientific balloon and trying to reach the altitude of 42195 meters, the distance of a marathon. This is one of the highest altitudes ever dreamed of by amateurs and we are proud to support them with the DIMIKA cameras.

ballon

Photo: (c) wikipedia

The payload will consist of:

DIMIKA Action Cams
Scientific Sensors measuring:
Temperature, Latitude, Longitude, Speed, and Altitude.
APRS (Ham Radio) GPS Tracker
Batteries, insulation, and a radar reflector.
A custom payload design.
The launch window is announced for this spring! Stay tuned!

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