Space balloon mission launched in Kerry hailed a success
Organisers say they have captured ‘stunning images’ from the edge of space
International Space University - Space Studies Program 2017 visits the Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen to launch a weather balloon with a payload of instruments to be recovered for later analysis. Photograph : Alan Landers.
Space Balloon launched from Kerry reaches space. Photograph: International Space University
Space Balloon bursts releasing camera capturing images of outer space. Photograph: International Space University
A space balloon launched in Co Kerry which travelled to the edge of space has been recovered after making its way back to earth.
Organisers say the mission was a “complete success” and the camera attached to the balloon has captured some “stunning images” making its way back to earth.
The balloon which is part of an international project involving several space agencies, including NASA was recovered in a field in Co Clare on Wednesday afternoon.
Organisers of the event are now going through the images and videos recorded from the expedition.
The balloon was carrying cameras and electronic equipment, left earth with the aim of capturing photographs from the edge of space.
“As part of this program, we launched a Space Balloon from the Met Eireann Observatory in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry today. The balloon was armed with a package on board containing cameras, GPS trackers and other electronics. We hope at the very least to capture some stunning images and video from the edge of space, showing the curvature of the earth and hopefully more data also,” said Mr Grandfield.
A lot of the participants on the nine week course are already working in the space industry internationally.
“The balloon that we launched has returned to earth and we are literally going through the footage now to see what we have captured. The balloon travelled as far as it could before bursting due to the altitude.
“There was a parachute attached to the equipment which was hoped to capture some stunning images on the way back. The camera is currently in a field . . . surrounded by cows so we will know soon enough if it’s been a successful operation,” added Mr Grandfield.
Organisers are now accessing the material they have captured from the edge of space.