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HD balloon near the edge of space, full launch to air sequence

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Uploaded on Nov 9, 2009

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This video shows the full ground to air launch and altitude sequence of a research weather balloon with a VadoHD video camera attached to it. The balloon and payload went to an altitude between 80,000 ft and 100,000 ft. The camera is attached to the payload of a research weather balloon. The balloon was launched from the lawn of the University of Houston and traveled approximately 20 miles East to Baytown TX before the balloon burst and the payload fell to Earth by parachute.

The VadoHD survived ambient air pressures as low as 1/100th of an atmosphere, temperatures as low as -60C, and even survived being run over by an industrial lawn mower 1 week after falling to Earth. Incidentally we never would have found the payload if it hadn't been run over by this lawn mower. All of the data was intact on the camera and though a lawn mower blade destroyed the LCD screen, the VadoHD still takes great video!

Note: This video is not related to the "Balloon Boy"

For more information on the weather research conducted with this weather balloon visit: http://sharp.hnet.uh.edu/doku.php


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