Student’s Weather Balloon Soars Up In The Air Capturing Amazing Footage

Caters_NewsPublished: November 14, 201735 viewsVirality: 1%
Published: November 14, 2017

Strapping GoPro cameras to high-altitude weather balloons to shoot photos and videos of the edge of space has been growing in popularity. Ambitious student Ronan Laker captured incredible footage with his weather balloon soaring 35,000 metres above the Earth surviving temperatures of -50C. The aircraft took off from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on September 23, and captured stunning images of the Cotswolds and Isle of Wight before getting into a thick cloud, and landing 27 miles away in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Ronan is a third-year physics student at Imperial College London who has written a scientific style paper on the data taken by the balloon. He came up with the idea and started preparing for the project in July, with the help of his dad, and researched subjects in order to find the perfect weather balloon and parachute and master the take off.

He secured his GPS tracker, radio transmitter and camera inside Styrofoam to protect it from the freezing atmosphere. He also added sensors to the balloon, to measure temperature, pressure, humidity and speed of sound. Ronan used an extra battery pack because he knew that the cold conditions reduce battery life, and he also included another camera for still images.
When the inflatable weather balloon reached its maximum altitude the attached GoPro camera took beautiful images of the blue horizon.

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