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DIY High-Altitude Photography

I’ve already got the camera – if only I had the time to do the rest.

Amazing pictures of Earth captured by one man, a balloon and his compact camera:

Space enthusiast Robert Harrison managed to send his home-made contraption 22 miles – or 116,160 feet – above the earth’s surface from his back garden.

He used GPS tracking technology similar to an in-car sat-nav to follow its progress – and an attached radio transmitter to find it when it parachutes back to earth.

The photos taken by his device were so spectacular that Nasa has been in touch to see how he achieved it.

Mr Harrison’s budget of £500 might also offer inspiration to the new UK Space Agency, which launches on April 1. Based in Swindon, with only one astronaut and a budget one 50th the size of Nasa’s, it will be looking for cut-price ways to reach for the sky.

Mr Harrison first got the idea to explore space after a failed attempt to take aerial pictures of his house using a remote control helicopter.

The pictures are pretty impressive. What’s really amazing about this, though, is that he didn’t get nailed by the aviation authorities for doing this. Or that the police didn’t arrest him under the 2004 Terrorist Act for “suspicious” or “antisocial” photography.

One Response to “DIY High-Altitude Photography”

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    Victor:

    This is really cool.
    There seems to be an emerging hobby of near space photography – a quick google found these:
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-328198
    http://www.switched.com/2009/03/18/students-take-space-photos-with-simple-latex-balloon-and-digi-ca/
    http://www.natrium42.com/halo/flight2/


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