Space Camera 5 (for TV)
24 November 2011 (launch)
1 Feb 2012 (on TV)
This launch was done for a Dutch national tv programme called ‘Proefkonijnen’ (BNN broadcasting).
This was a dual payload launch. The first payload contained most importantly a Instant-Film ‘Polaroid’ (Fujifilm) camera (not a real Polaroid). And some simple electronics with a GPS/radio system as a backup for the first payload. That first payload contained the Live image stream payload for live image transmission together with a GPS. It also included various other sensors, and, two GoPro Hero camera’s for “BNN” which is a dutch broadcasting agency. They have a pseudo-science show in which they try to ask scientific questions like “Can one take a photograph from space”. Well, obviously, yes that can be done. The other question was more fun though, “Do polaroids develop in space?”. Well, the answer is kinda. This was our very first test, with the very first instantfilms or ‘polaroids’ ever taken and developed in space.
Broadcast was on Dutch national television, NED3, at 21:40 on Wednesday 1 Feb.
We tracked the balloon during flight by two “chase” cars. This is what we say during the flights. We got its GPS position by the small radiotransmitter that we received in our car-radio’s.
Screenshot of the live in-persuit video footage received
Screenshot of the live in-persuit tracking
|Cost||€0 (Helium+Balloon donated by BNN)|
|Launch||12:14 (24-11-2011 Laren, Netherlands)|
|Touchdown||14:02 (24-11-2011 Pannerden, Netherlands (Gelderland))|
|Max. Altitude||25.901 m|
|Total Weight Payload 1||~1500g|
|Total Weight Payload 2||~1000g|
|Main Payload||Beagleboard/GPS/Radio/Canon Powershot/2x GoPro Hero|
|2nd Payload||Arduino/GPS/Radio/Polaroid Camera|
|Pictures Received Live||10 Pictures|
|Video Recorded||6 hours of full HD 1080p [50Gb]|
|Minimum inside temp||-26°C (!!!!!) This is extremely cold for inside temp|
|Radio Power||10mW (434.653MHz & 434.075MHz)|
Temperature and altitude over time
Temperature and battery level over time
- TODO(tzaman): Add microprocessor code here.
Mathijs de Wit & the BNN team.