Local non-profit educational program Overlook Horizon is always looking for new ways to teach people about science and technology.
And with the solar eclipse about a week away, the opportunity presented itself.
What better way to watch the solar eclipse than in outer space, but unless you’re an astronaut that might be a little difficult.
Overlook Horizon has come up with a solution.
It all started with a credit card sized computer that has no display, keyboard, or mouse.
As a software engineer, Tory Carissimo founder of Overlook Horizon, wanted to see what he could do with it.
“When I first got it the only thing I could do was make an LED blink, and then after that I started looking into real world projects on what I can do,” said Carissimo.
Using this software, a parachute and a balloon he created a device that will get camera footage and weather data from 115 thousand feet above ground.
“You get a lot of unique footage that even the National Weather Service doesn’t get because they don’t have cameras on board,” said Carissimo.
And with the solar eclipse nearly here he knew he needed to take advantage of his weather balloon.
“Were going to get footage of the actual eclipse happening but were also going to get cameras that will be facing the ground to get a unique perspective looking back at earth while the eclipse is happening, also we can hopefully see a time lapse of the shadow that occurs during the eclipse,” said Carissimo.
He says the flight itself will take about 3 hours.
And once they receive the data, they hope to get the video up as soon as possible.
With this device whether we have cloudy skies in Rochester or not, the footage will allow us to see the eclipse with no obstructions.
Overlook Horizon will be launching its flight during the solar eclipse on August 21, all are welcome.
They will pick the location of the launch by Monday.
If you can’t make it, you can find the link to watch the launch here.