The content in this tutorial is based on the tutorial published by The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) and amended with South African specific content.
The original tutorial can be viewed at https://www.balloonchallenge.org/tutorials
High Altitude Balloons are large latex balloons that are filled with either hydrogen or helium and carry small payloads up to around 100,000 ft.
Mount a camera in your payload box to capture video to space and back!
A GPS tracker shall be used that sends your geographic position to a webpage so that you can track down and recover your balloon.
Balloons are typically purchased components that are sized depending on the payload size and desired altitude.
An insulated payload box holds all of your components like a camera, GPS tracker, radio and sensors.
The parachute engages once the payload is in free fall and slows its descent to the ground.
Balloons are typically inflated with helium and usually require an inflation tube.
Not a requirement for beginning balloonist. Record temperature, pressure, and other atmospheric data data of the upper stratosphere using commercial sensors.
Tie all of your components together with a 25 lb tension rope.