Category: High Altitude
The heavy cloud cover makes it next to impossible to match up some images. So there is a large amount of guesswork and fudging involved in this.
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Following the successful HAPS-1 launch last weekend, another balloon launch was made for Cambridge before dawn on Friday 29th August 2008. There is a HUGE about of data from this that I haven't even started to go through. (It's still downloading as I type!) Here is a 360 degree horizon panorama to be getting on with while I digest this data properly.
Congratulations to the team for pulling off another amazing flight. (And for staying up all night!)
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Using some stills extracted from the video also taken, I have been able to (almost) fill in the remaining missing parts of the panorama at low resolution.
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As HAPS-1 plummeted back to Earth after the balloon burst at 32,000m (106,000ft) the camera was able to capture some shots pointed towards the ground. Some of these are quite blurry as the gondola was spinning rapidly. It was also descending quite fast and so the point of view changed quite rapidly limiting the number of images that could be used. So this image has quite a few imperfections but still gives a nice impression of the view from 100,000ft above England. And is much more than I ever hoped for from this first attempt with a single camera.
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A 360 degree panorama made from images from the HAPS-1 balloon launch on 24th August 2008 from Cambridge, England. Taken at between 28,000 - 31,000m (92,000 - 101,000ft). In the foreground part of East Anglia can be seen with the North Sea beyond. On the left, under cloud is much of England and on the right, under even more cloud is Northern Europe.
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