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Newfoundland Weather Balloon

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Published on Oct 12, 2012

On the morning of September 29th, 2012 John Hennessey and Amarnath Mukhopadhyay launched a hydrogen-filled weather balloon with imaging payload and GPS beacon from Pasadena, Newfoundland, into the stratosphere. The 1500 gram Kaymont weather balloon rose to an altitude of ~115,000 ft before popping in the low pressure environment of near-space. The ascent took 1 hour and 15 mins, and a further 52 mins to land 96 km East near the rural settlement of Millertown Junction, Newfoundland. This is the first time to our knowledge that an amateur weather balloon with image equipment was launched from the island of Newfoundland. A very strong and violent jet stream, land covered in wetlands and dotted with ponds/lakes, along with being surrounded by ocean make launching a project such as this challenging in Newfoundland. We thank Kaymont, Delorme, GoPro, Panasonic and Air Liquide Canada for helping make this project possible.

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