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Kid eats space Twinkie - High altitude balloon project

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Published on Aug 19, 2011

Geoff (14) and I spent over 8 months building and planning this flight. Geoff studied for and passed the FCC exam to operate a ham radio station so that we could track the balloon as it flew.
One of the fun things Geoff wanted to test was what would happen to a Twinkie after a wild ride over 3x as high as the airlines fly :)
So we sent an unwrapped Twinkie up to an altitude of 95 thousand feet above the earth strapped to a weather balloon - and then Geoff ate it.
In addition to the Twinkie we sent up a marshmallow (which swelled as the pressure dropped and according to the kids tasted "normal") some cameras (a Go Pro HD and Canon G9 running CHDK) and temperature sensors connected to an Arduino...
Between the Twinkie and the marshmallow are some Rudy bracelets in honor of our sweet little friend Rudy - http://rudysbeat.com

Visit http://happycapsule.com for photos and graphs of all the data collected.

Original music written and performed by the amazing and talented Tad Wagner and available for download:
http://tadwagner.bandcamp.com/track/s...

Unfortunately for us, both cards on the Go Pro and Canon G9 filled up before the burst :( The highest photos we got are from around 80K feet AGL.

Real time location / altitude tracking was done with a tiny ham radio APRS transmitter connected to a GPS.

Lots more info and photos at http://happycapsule.com

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