This is no ordinary balloon. It’s going to be traveling over 110,000 feet into pre-space where it will take video of the solar eclipse.
“We got the upward facing camera that will get the balloon and hopefully get footage of the eclipse, as well the downward facing cameras will definitely capture the ground and we hope to see a time-lapse of this shadow as it crosses the Earth,” said Tory Carissimo founder of Overlook Horizon.
Carissimo originally designed and engineered this device to inspire students to get into science and technology.
Now he’s using it to do just that and much more.
“It couldn’t have gone better, perfect launch everything had gone according to plan, it is up and running, the tracking system is working great,” said Carissimo. “We got radio tracking on board and right now it’s recording it’s position working perfectly, so far so good.
“It was so neat and the most exciting part I think is going to be is the footage you get back,” said Jed Kovalovski.
And while the balloon was in flight Mia Crudele and her friends found their own way to view the eclipse.
Carissimo says the balloon will expand to 32 feet before bursting and making its way back to the ground.
He says exactly where it’s going to land can get a little tricky.
“All that hinges on where it lands,” said Carissimo. “If it lands in the lake, it’s a little bit of an issue trying to get to it. If it lands in 100 foot tall tree, that may delay us a little bit longer.”
The team has recovered that footage outside of Syracuse, and it will be uploaded to their website.