Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weather Balloon Pops 105,000 ft. Up

The above video was taken though a telescope. The full details are at the link.

There are three components to the weather balloon setup, from top to bottom: Balloon, parachute, and instrument package.

Before you look at the video there are two things I wish to comment on:

When it explodes, the pieces are tiny. They look large because the video is taken through a telescope.

Second, the parachute properly deploys. Because of the angle of the telescope, right to left is down.
Instrument pack and parachute at left. Balloon fragments upper right. 

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