1. Pacific Star II


    from Colin Rich Added 366K 2,281 322

    Follow me here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colinrich1 Instagram: http://instagram.com/heyitsmecolin Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeyItsMeColin This is the second trip of my home made high altitude weather balloon photography project, Pacific Star. The balloon launched at 5:37pm,PST from Oxnard, CA and reached an altitude of 124,176' snapping photos and recording video along the way. At its apex, the balloon burst, a parachute deployed, and the payload floated down for 35 minutes, landing near an olive orchard Northeast of Santa Paula. Created by Colin Rich http://www.facebook.com/colinrich1

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    • Pacific Star 3


      from Colin Rich Added 70.3K 611 55

      Follow me here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colinrich1 Instagram: http://instagram.com/heyitsmecolin Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeyItsMeColin UPDATE! The Radionuclide tests returned negative. --- It's been almost a year since the launch of Pacific Star II. The whole time I had wondered how could I up the ante; throwing together a styrofoam box with some hacked cameras felt like it wouldn't suffice to the challenge I was looking for. In mid December, I received a call from scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy who asked if I could launch a Black Carbon experiment to test atmospheric levels of the pollutant. It was the perfect challenge I sought and together a symbiosis emerged that was able to open doors and gain access to things I normally would not be able to. Launched from Ventura County, Pacific Star III traveled nearly 200 miles South, South-East, over the Eastern County line of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert. Using a huge 3000g extreme cold weather sounding balloon I was able to go higher and farther than my previous attempts. I wanted Pacific Star III to fly many months ago, but unfortunately, prevailing Santa Ana winds hampered any launch unless of course I was willing to take the chance that the payload would miraculously parachute from over 100,000 feet and land on Catalina Island off the coast of CA. I plan and plan and plan and plan and plan and sometimes at the last moment the plans change as quickly as the wind changes directions. After four scrubbed launches, it was a bit frustrating but anything worth doing usually is. In the end, it's about the adventure of traveling down roads I've never been and never will travel down again while tracking the beast down and I smile to myself because I never know exactly where I'm headed. It's really all about the adventure and the challenge. I want to thank everyone who has been supportive towards the Pacific Star series. For those of you who donated to the cause, this could not have happened without your support. Thank you so much! Additionally I would like to thank Victor Gonzalez and Next Limit Technologies for their support and patience. http://www.nextlimit.com/ Cheers! Colin Rich For additional information on the flight go to: www.pacificstarflight.com http://www.facebook.com/#!/colinrich1 Music by Starfucker http://www.myspace.com/strfkrmusic (Thanks to Anthony Martinez for the find)

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      • PopStar!


        from Colin Rich Added 11.7K 111 32

        Launched on October 19th 2010, PopStar was a collaboration between Pacific Star and PopTech, hence the name and literal representation of a popstar. Maximum altitude was in excess of 116k feet but the GPS signal failed to record for a number of minutes. PopStar flew a lateral distance of 117 miles and landed by a blueberry field outside of East Machias, ME. Music by Max Indian http://www.facebook.com/#!/colinrich1 www.PacificStarFlight.com

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        • GoPro HD Heros Survive 80,000' Fall


          from PointOfViewCameras Added 16.2K 93 3

          Kevin Mackie and a group of Engineers/Designers from San Francisco recently launched a balloon into the sky outfitted with a couple of GoPro HD Heros cameras to an altitude of 80,000 feet, it then fell back to Earth. Check out the full story at: http://pointofviewcameras.com/blog/pov/article/gopro-hd-hero-falls-80000-feet-back-to-earth

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          • Los Angeles at 24 Miles Up


            from Colin Rich Added 14.7K 81 9

            This is 2 minutes of raw video and audio from Pacific Star 3. Original video (http://vimeo.com/24390348) The shot was taken at 128,000 feet over Los Angeles at 8:20p. The camera starts out looking south towards San Diego, then slowly pans west towards the Pacific Ocean and ultimately north towards Ventura County. The stabilizers maintained a steady and smooth pan. The sun has already set but the bands of light seen are the last throws of light before total darkness. The buzzing audio is from a device that measures black carbon. The clicking noise is from a camera periodically taking photos.

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            • Sunrise from the Stratosphere.... HD Footage from 110,000ft


              from Ed Oates Added 19.4K 57 5

              Amazing footage from 2 High Definition video cameras sent to 110,000ft just before dawn. With the full moon setting on the horizon, we follow this edge-of-space balloon through the midst of the stratosphere, the camera gear suffering -50degC temperatures, and capturing the dawn as the sun breaks over the horizon, from around 40,000ft. The tranquility of what remaining atmosphere exists at 110,000ft allows an incredible sweeping panorama of the earth, looking out over 720km (450miles) to the horizon. Although 'slightly' uncontrolled, the tangled descent makes for a dramatic end to what was an incredibly stable and pleasant climb to the heavens. Music: John Butler 'Ocean' - Available on iTunes Enjoy!

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              • PopTech "PopStar" Launch


                from Colin Rich Added 6,858 41 5

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                • From The Pilots Seat MIG-29: To The Edge Of Space


                  from Space Affairs Added 1,462 34 1

                  A flight with the MIG-29 "Fulcrum" to the edge of space is a spectacular and very emotional experience. Depending on weather conditions and total weight of the plane the flight will fly up to altitudes between 70,000 and 75,000 feet. At this altitude, the total mass of Earth's atmosphere is 95% below! Information about a MIG-29 "Edge of Space Flight": http://www.space-affairs.com/index.php?wohin=edge_of_space German artist Michael Najjar performed a high altitude MIG-29 flight. He is a german artist, adventurer and - future astronaut. Born in 1966, he has lived and worked in Berlin since 1988. His work is shown in museums, galleries and biennials around the world. He works with photography and video. The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar, widely seen as a visual futurist, transmutes science, history and philosophy into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies. His current work series "outer space" deals with the latest developments in space flight and the way they will shape our future life on earth and in earth's near orbit. He used the footage and the pictures for his arts line "Gravitational Stress". His interest was to go high as possible, and to do a lot or rolls. Both you can see in this video. Test pilot Yuri Polyakov flown him through the soundbarrier, to the edge of space and did a lot of rolls during the descent from high above. The stunning pictures of Earth's atmosphere are a result of this flight. More information about Michael Najjar and his arts: http://www.michaelnajjar.com The "outer space blog" where he is twittering about his arts: http://www.michaelnajjar.com/ipad/blog.html Also you can find information about Michael Najjar and our relationship to him on our website: http://www.space-affairs.com/index.php?wohin=michael_najjar and http://www.space-affairs.com/index.php?wohin=michael_najjar_2

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                  • Introducing Project Horus


                    from Grant Willis (VK5GR) Added 2,556 32 27

                    Project Horus is a high altitude helium balloon flight group based out of Adelaide, South Australia. Initially founded in late 2009, the group has to date conducted 20 flights over the last 2 years sending camera, radio telemetry, radio communications and environmental sensor platforms to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet (>30km). This is a region that is little explored and has over the past couple of years yielded some surprising flight results. This short film is compiled from our growing library of footage collected to date, both from the balloon platform as well as of the ground launch and flight tracking/control activities. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into what goes into flying Project Horus. If you would like more information, please visit the project website at http://www.projecthorus.org/ or the groups' Vimeo channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/projecthorus -- Music: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" written by Richard Strauss Arranged & Performed by Kevin MacLeod available from http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/ Licensed under Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Time Traveller" Written & Performed by Alexander Blu available from http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/62461 Licensed under Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Edited on Adobe Premiere CS5.5 Camera: Flight - GoPro HD Hero Ground - Sony HDV HDR-HC9, Panasonic GH-2 14-140mm F4.0-5.8

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                    • Lucky Elephant - 'Edgar'


                      from James Trosh Added 1,430 13 3

                      Music video for 'Edgar' by Lucky Elephant. Filmed on location in Bournemouth, Cambridge and 95,000 feet into space. Directed by James Trosh http://www.jamestrosh.com/ Director of Photography - Liam Southall Assistant Camera - Jack Crocker Online Editor - Matt Spurr Special Thanks - Steve Randall and Sunday Best Producer - Harry Munday You can watch the full space flight here: http://www.vimeo.com/17498774 http://projectedgar.jamestrosh.com/ http://myspace.com/luckyelephantmusic/

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