I decided that my first high-altitude balloon launch should be as simple as possible. This way, I can learn everything I need to know about launching balloons, without risk of loosing an expensive payload.

Keep it simple.

If you don’t want to get bored with details, skip right to BALLOON LAUNCH page.

Mission goal:

  • Launch a high-altitude balloon to 70,000 ft altitude
  • Track balloon in flight
  • Recover payload

Design summary:

  • Balloon
  • Payload with position tracking and camera
  • Parachute
  • Exempt from FAA rule 101

Simple enough?