Ultra Low Cost Space Photography

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2 MIT students put together Project Icarus — an ultra low cost rig which they lofted a digital camera via weather balloon to the edge of space.

Ingredients: Helium, a styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap Canon A470 camera, and instant hand warmers to prevent the camera batteries from freezing.

They added a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone for tracking to recover the rig when it landed back to earth.

Total cost: $148.


Project Icarus

The $150 Edge-of-Space Camera: MIT Students Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget
Charlie Sorrel
Wired, September 15, 2009

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