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Unread 08-11-2017, 10:13 PM
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Eclipse from the Edge of Space

The Columbus Space Program, FRC4188, is preparing to send 6 cameras and over a dozen science packages up to 100,000 feet to watch the August 21st eclipse! Here is our teaser video: https://youtu.be/KqCXz0PRPEM.

It includes footage from the July 8th launch of the 25th flight of our DREAMS program - Doing Research at Extreme Altitudes by Motivated Students.

We plan to post quick results after the eclipse including raw data. The video cameras should capture the shadow moving across Tennessee and Kentucky at 1448 miles per hour!

Hope it clear for everyone in the path - but there are no clouds at 100,000 feet (as long as we can recover the payload boxes )!
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Re: Eclipse from the Edge of Space

Wow this is very awesome! What style rockets do you guys use to achieve this? Are they multistage rockets or do you guys just have one large motor that brings you up that high? Also what do you use for your rocket fuel, does it use a hybrid style motor with NO2 and rubber?

Please tell me you're using a tested chute design, this is some footage that would be terrible to loose!

Also you mentioned reaserch at extreme altitudes, does that happen to deal with life up at that altitude? I saw a story about students launching a rocket nearly 100k feet to study this and am wondering if this was you guys.

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Wow this is very awesome! What style rockets do you guys use to achieve this? Are they multistage rockets or do you guys just have one large motor that brings you up that high? Also what do you use for your rocket fuel, does it use a hybrid style motor with NO2 and rubber?

Please tell me you're using a tested chute design, this is some footage that would be terrible to loose!

Also you mentioned reaserch at extreme altitudes, does that happen to deal with life up at that altitude? I saw a story about students launching a rocket nearly 100k feet to study this and am wondering if this was you guys.
pretty sure what they are doing is using weather balloons.
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Re: Eclipse from the Edge of Space

Yep, these are latex weather balloons designed to expand to 35-50 ft across depending on size and then shred. We do use rocket parachutes since they are the best source of parachutes for under 20 pounds. The payloads fall at almost 200 miles per hour with a parachute due to the 0.01 atmosphere of pressure / density up there and then land at about 10-15 mph.

Here is a 4 minute video showing the launch of DREAMS-6 back in May 2009: https://youtu.be/P9bFDXNx8Hg
Our cameras are much better now!
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Re: Eclipse from the Edge of Space

Awesome! I'm glad you're participating and sharing your flight with the world. Are you doing a 360-degree video or just 6 camera angles?

Some friends and I are sending up a 3000g ballon with a rig that has 6 GoPro Session 5's. We will be creating a 360-degree video for our engineering-focused YouTube channel (SciJoy).
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Re: Eclipse from the Edge of Space

Here is our current favorite camera - with their software, it is like having 5 cameras where you can select which quadrant to flatten into a 4k video.
http://bit.ly/2w4AtNO

This would also be a great camera to put on an FRC robot!

Our GoPro stopped working at 70,000ft on the last flight - think it was an older battery but will fly some active heaters for the eclipse.
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Here is our current favorite camera - with their software, it is like having 5 cameras where you can select which quadrant to flatten into a 4k video.
http://bit.ly/2w4AtNO

This would also be a great camera to put on an FRC robot!

Our GoPro stopped working at 70,000ft on the last flight - think it was an older battery but will fly some active heaters for the eclipse.
Did you run the Kodak exposed to the atmosphere or did you make a small insulating layer?
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Did you run the Kodak exposed to the atmosphere or did you make a small insulating layer?
That camera was exposed to the atmosphere, mounted on top of the box containing the sensors, electronics, etc. Other cameras were mounted inside the box looking out little window cutouts, but the box itself isn't 100% perfectly sealed.
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Re: Eclipse from the Edge of Space

This look really awesome! Can't wait to see some of that footage.
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