Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Models & Toys
  Spacecraft models launched by weather balloons

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Spacecraft models launched by weather balloons
walkerj6
Member

Posts: 18
From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 05-24-2012 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for walkerj6   Click Here to Email walkerj6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So it's been forever since I have posted on here — so I have this great idea — and as far as I know it has not been done. If it has, oh well I'm doing it anyway!

I have decided to make a device to connect to a weather balloon and send it up to capture photos and video from 100k ft — I know many people have done this... BUT as I was building my "housing" for the camera, trackers, etc. to send up, something remarkable occurred to me.

I am going to start over and build the housing to look just like the Apollo command module and the parachute to match the one that the command module used as well - I think it will be worth the time because after I"m done I'll have a nice looking mini replica command module that went to "space."

Ideas, thought, comments?

model maker
Member

Posts: 99
From: Colorado, USA
Registered: May 2012

posted 05-24-2012 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That sounds like a good idea. I have seen these videos where people have sent things up in balloons and photographed and video taped it. You can see the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space from all of these. Here is of a beer can that is video taped going up, take a look.

walkerj6
Member

Posts: 18
From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 05-24-2012 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for walkerj6   Click Here to Email walkerj6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's exactly what I'm talking about — and rather then a foam cooler - I'm going to make a styrofoam model of the command module. I think it would be really cool to have after it's all over. Does it qualify as "flown in space"?

Michael Ritter
Member

Posts: 47
From: Long Island, NY USA
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-24-2012 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Ritter   Click Here to Email Michael Ritter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out the posts from April 7th and April 30th.

model maker
Member

Posts: 99
From: Colorado, USA
Registered: May 2012

posted 05-25-2012 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's incredible, great pictures, how close to space was it?

Michael Ritter
Member

Posts: 47
From: Long Island, NY USA
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-25-2012 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Ritter   Click Here to Email Michael Ritter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The balloon made it just over 100,000 feet before it burst.

JP Aerospace has more information and the ability to buy space on some of their next missions. I'm tempted by the $320 minicube idea myself.

walkerj6
Member

Posts: 18
From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 05-25-2012 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for walkerj6   Click Here to Email walkerj6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thats AWESOME!!! I'm going for something exactly like that. I have the equipment, minus the balloon and I have already build the styrofoam mold of the capsule. Next weekend I'm gonna fiberglass it, then add some paint and start some details on it. I'm aiming for a mid-July Launch!

rjurek349
Member

Posts: 805
From:
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 05-30-2012 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool project, if you haven't seen it! John's Paper Model's flew a very realistic looking Gemini capsule to the edge of space with one of JP Aerospace's pong-sat projects.

I flew a logo of the Jefferson Space Museum on the same pod, but this project just blows mine out of the water. A great model and a great idea — awesome to see that Gemini fly.

There was also a Star Wars X-wing and Tie-Fighter battle made of LEGOs flown!

Now that's taking modeling to a whole new... ahem... level...

Mr. Apollo 17
Member

Posts: 55
From: Ashland, OH USA
Registered: Feb 2012

posted 06-05-2012 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr. Apollo 17   Click Here to Email Mr. Apollo 17     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going to launch a styrofoam cooler with a camera inside of it to photograph the next launch of the Falcon 9 with Dragon to ISS!

Jay Chladek
Member

Posts: 2211
From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 06-05-2012 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I doubt the FAA is going to give you a permit to do that since Florida airspace is already rather tightly controlled and Central Florida around CCAFS is even more so on launch days. Plus, with that close a proximity to the ocean (to the east and the west), if it gets caught by an upper level wind, it could end up far out to sea when the capsule comes back to Earth.

There are some good reasons why these balloon projects are flown over the middle of nowhere, preferably as far from the oceans as possible.

rjurek349
Member

Posts: 805
From:
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 06-05-2012 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, Jay, if the FAA will give a couple of hobbyists the A-Ok to launch a can of light beer then I think anything is possible... :-)

...on a side note, there is a great interview video with John Powell, the founder of JPAerospace which you can find here at Moon and Back .

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement