This page contains information for anyone interested
in launching a High Altitude Balloon of their own. More
information will be posted when I have time.
So, a few useful websites:
Robert Harrison's ICARUS website has a fantastic amount of info.
Robert Harrison currently holds the altitude record for an amateur
launch, and has provided a wealth of resources. Essential reading!
Random Solutions is a UK based supplier of balloons, parachutes and
other flight hardware. Everything I read says the Kaymont balloons
are some of the best available and the 1500g balloon (which also carries
a 1500g payload) is ideal for this task.
is great for electronics supplies, and are also UK based.
make excellent radio transmitter modules. We used one of their
modules (the NTX2) and they are incredibly helpful and happy to advise
as regards setting it up to get the maximum possible range.
The CUSF Flight
predictor lets you run predictions of flight paths to see where your
balloon is likely to land.
wiki has lots of information about programming cameras for time
lapse using the CHDK firmware package.
The software we ended up using for our camera
programming was SDM,
a variant of CHDK. Make sure the camera you purchase is based on
the DIGIC II processor (there is a list of cameras and firmware
revisions for which SDM/CHDK are available)
EOSS Balloon FAQ also makes some very useful reading and has lots of
hints and tips that can only come from the experience of repeated