The Government Tries to Launch a Balloon

Barry Kuzay
Apr 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

From Slashdot:

NASA's latest multimillion-dollar stratosphere-bound balloon launch has gone horribly wrong and crashed into a car, turning it over and narrowly missing two elderly people who were observing the launch. The payload fared worse, reportedly being smashed into a 'thousand pieces.'

Video of their hilarious attempt is available here.

Contrast this with an individual enthusiast who spent just $750 to send a balloon into space and captured images like the one below.  NASA then called him and begged him to tell them how he did it.

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If all you want are pictures of this altitude of this type, then yes, why do you need a space shuttle?

If you want more than that, you need more system that that.

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If you want more than that, then YOU should pay for it.

Elliot Engstrom's picture

We should also fight against all the regulations that keep individuals earthbound.  

George Edwards's picture

Two balloons are being compared here. Nobody is talking about a shuttle.

Barry Kuzay's picture

I'm sure the balloon the government was trying to launch had a lot more kinds of technology than just the ability to take pictures

sbarlage07's picture

You are absolutely right, the NASA device did have much more technology on board.  They tried to lift equipment cumulatively larger than a car.  The individual only tried to lift an HD video camera, which still presented tough challenges that messed with electronics such as vacuum pressure and sub-zero temperatures.

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