The lights look bright and the night sky in New York is just New York. We had some comical moment testing the balloon on the roof. We were using a MIDI controller to control 3 channels of the Red, Green, and Blue LEDs. The software that Zach wrote is sending color information in real-time via one Xbee coordinator and it is talking to its end device inside the weather balloon.
We are testing with 2.5 meters PVC weather balloons, with Optek high power LEDs, Xbee SB2 - programmable/ US variant, one Universal 12V 35 AH Lead Acid battery. Amelie Chucky and Bill built the base to hold the balloon with foam boards. The plate piece that connects the lights to the aluminum pole is a 3D printed piece made by The Replicator.
The time-lapse video is filmed with a Canon 7D.
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