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HAPS-1, UMSFB1 redux
Juramike
post Aug 25 2008, 12:42 AM
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Outstanding! And congratulations!

Here is an image from NEODAAS/EUMETSAT Dundee Receiving Station (http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/auth.html) of the NOAA-18 image of the UK taken at 1318 UTC. (Roughly 2 h before the balloons maximum height).

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I think the first black sky image you posted might've been pointing towards the NNE (cloud shadows kinda look that way too.)

(And the fist movie you posted might be looking towards the S?)

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post Aug 25 2008, 09:16 AM
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So when can we expect raw images to hit the raw pages? biggrin.gif

Great stuff, guys, the high altitude shot with the black sky is awesome. Can't wait to see more. Have you thought about taking the next step - say strapping a solid booster that kicks in when the baloon pops and shoves you another 10 km higher or something? biggrin.gif


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post Aug 25 2008, 09:24 AM
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I want to try and add lat/long/alt to the EXIF of the stills, (proper PDS headers...PAH) then upload them all. It's 850+meg of stills - so it'll take a few hours - but it will happen - and probably today.

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post Aug 25 2008, 09:35 AM
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Holy bit! Folks, get yourself golden spaceflight pins, quick!


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post Aug 25 2008, 09:46 AM
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Many congratulations to all concerned!

And thanks for the new desktop background!

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post Aug 25 2008, 10:07 AM
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This is juts fantastic! Felicitations.
Can't wait for the picture taken from above by MRO. You planed it, didn't you ?


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post Aug 25 2008, 11:15 AM
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That's pretty bloody cool cool.gif Amazing what you can do with relatively little resources.
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post Aug 25 2008, 11:15 AM
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Right - ALL the JPG's, AVI's, as well as three MOVs (which string together all the AVI's into about 25 mins of movie ) are uploading now - it should be done by the end of the day - I'll post links when it's finished, and then I'll do some mosaics and a 'best of' with alt info etc.

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post Aug 25 2008, 02:20 PM
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Doug and all involved,

Kudos!
I just love it when people 'just do it'!!!!


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post Aug 25 2008, 02:35 PM
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All the raw movies
http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/VIDEOS/

Probably better are these
http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/EDITED/MOVIES/

Three MOV's which show all the movies strung together - and one MOV which shows every still in sequence at 6fps

The Stills are still uploading. I gave up trying to get GPS into the EXIF - I'll just do a page of the best stills and mosaics

http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/PHOTOS/


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post Aug 25 2008, 03:32 PM
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Wow! The descent movie is a fantastic ride back to earth from the edge of space. Astonishing, thanks for that.


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post Aug 25 2008, 04:29 PM
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This is freakin' awesome. Tell me those aren't jet engines I hear from 6:46 till 6:56 in the first movie, http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/EDITED/MOVIES/...6_1325_1424.MOV ?

The middle movie with the solar flare and wind noise sure reminds me of Shuttle SRBs when they start falling back down. biggrin.gif

BTW, is the camera limited to 8 bit audio only?


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post Aug 25 2008, 04:29 PM
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Fascinating venture! Congratulations!

Yeah first you may think the ride on the balloon is intense before you've seen the ride with the parachute smile.gif
Apropos, if it's desired, would it be possible to stabilize the payload with a kind of tail unit that run with the wind?

In this sequence do you hear an airplane too? http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/VIDEOS/MVI_6080.AVI
A violation of the exclusion zone rolleyes.gif


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post Aug 25 2008, 04:45 PM
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OK wget is still downloading but this has to be the coolest:

http://www.umsfbu.com/HAPS1/PHOTOS/IMG_6103.JPG

Right in the middle, that's the moon!

Confirmed with Celestia.



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post Aug 25 2008, 04:52 PM
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QUOTE (Tman @ Aug 25 2008, 05:29 PM) *
would it be possible to stabilize the payload with a kind of tail unit that run with the wind?


To be honest, you would probably just make it worse. It's just too chaotic and random to try and guesstimate what might or might not make it all more stable. Anything that can give the parachute something to get tangled up in, probably isn't a great idea. That's why I decided against putting a small camera out on a beam to image the payload in-situ. The best way is to make a small payload, and put it on a long long line to the balloon and let the laws of physics ( and the low frequency of the pendulum you're left with) do the rest.


MVI_6080.avi is just a sub-set from that large MOV ( the MOV's are all the AVI's in sequence ) - so it's the same thing - and at 11,000ish M ( 36kft ) - it's not beyond the realm of possibility that there's an aircraft nearby. Given that I can hear the aircraft at 15kft the way into East Midlands from the ground here - it wouldn't have to be close to hear it. That that sound is the only thing for, well, 11km in any direction - and without a lot of doppler shift it's not passing that close by.


The audio is infact only 11khz 8bit mono off the camera - that's all it's got I"m afraid. It was a £70 camera, I didn't fancy risking anything more expensive than that.

QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Aug 25 2008, 05:45 PM) *
Right in the middle, that's the moon!


Yeah - we spotted that last night looking at them from the boot of our car....I thought I'd see how carefully people were looking smile.gif
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