Shooting Space with Two Hacked Cameras and a Homemade Balloon

Pacific Star is a photography project by Colin Rich in which he sends programmed cameras up to epic heights using homemade weather balloons. This is an interesting step-by-step look into what went into the second launch. After purchasing two Canon compact cameras on eBay, Rich programmed them to take 3 photos every 3 minutes, and shoot a minute of video every fourth minute. The cameras were then insulated in styrofoam, and sent up to 125,000 feet before the balloon burst. With the help of a parachute, the cameras descended for 35 minutes and landed about 15-20 miles away.

We’ve seen photos and videos of cameras launched before, but this one is interesting, informational, and well made.

(via A Photography Blog)

  • Ivan Cabrera

    Wow, amazing pics. That was quite a proyect. Love it.

  • warmnoise

    Nice montage! Pretty stoked to be doing exactly this over the weekend. Hoping that the GPS tracker does its job.

  • Crvadillo

    Wow! Just that.

  • MADinMelbourne

    tooooo coool, one needed for Gulf of Mexico perhaps?? oh, and LOVE the music – rock on Angels!

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