13 November 2012
The Talk to EU Zoo Digital balloon launch took place last Friday, 9th November. The launch was a great success. Our colleague, Dr. Keith Nolan and team launched the balloon from Met Eireann’s Valentia observatory just after 11am on Friday. The payload comprised a GPS tracker, a HD video camera, a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, a radiosonde (measures wind speed, humidity, temperature, altitude), and an ordinary party balloon with an image of Robert Boyle drawn on it.
The balloon travelled for about 2 hours over a point to point distance of 160km and reached a maximum altitude of just over 27km where the temperature was -63 deg C. It burst over Kanturk and descended by parachute to land in a farmer’s field just outside Tipperary town. The farmer rang the number on the payload. The intact payload and video were recovered by the team. The video shows tweets scrolling across the phone screen, the ‘Boyle balloon’ bursting, as well as the scenery.
To view the full launch, please view here https://www.dropbox.com/s/q1v5kvz7e0739f5/tweetsinspace-smaller.wmv
Further information is available to view at http://www.talktoeu.ie/
Thank you to photographer Alan Landers for documenting the launch.