Science Awesomeness

Kids at a Lebanon, Ohio Christian school participate in launching a ballon-cam into the upper atmosphere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T89AwNredKI

Very nice that the kids get to participate in a bit of exploration like this.

This isn’t the first of these that we’ve seen — in fact, there have been many of them in the past few years alone.

It’s curious, though, that with as many amateur balloon-camera launchings as we’ve seen recently, it appears that nobody has done anything to correct or limit the platform spin.

So, here’s an idea for the next team that tackles one of these: add a pair of small mechanical gyros with their axes parallel to earth and at right angles to each other to limit yaw/pitch and spin. That should limit and possibly completely eliminate the spin of the camera platform without introducing much vibration or too much additional weight.

Still — it’s science, and it’s awesome.