Last Saturday, I was part of the Space Exploration Society at Berkeley’s Pi
Day (3/14/15) Near Space Balloon Flight. It launched from the main glade
(in front of Doe Library) carrying my ham radio GPS tracker, an action
camera, and our hopes for a good launch to over 100,000 feet (above sea
What resulted is an AWESOME flight up to 102,000 feet and a successful
recovery the next day (ask me in-person about the FAILED recovery the
Anyway, here are some Quicktime videos to meditate upon prior to your
launch into Portal this evening. It’s amazing how quiet things get just a
few hundred feet above the ground. And of course sound is a very different
thing when the air is REALLY REALLY thin. OK, without further adieu:
Pi Day Near Space Balloon Flight
Obviously the first video is the launch itself. The launch prep takes most
of the video, but if you forward to 13:40, the Count-down is about to
See you on the launch pad!
PS – There will be more launches to Near Space!