This is Damian, a teacher in Manchester letting go of the HAB. He is sitting down as the payload swings at a dangerous speed and he needs to be low to avoid being hit. Adam from That’s Manchester TV is in the background, he is making a short documentary and has been with us for a couple of weeks.
Members of the team, from right to left: Alan (student and developer of the Photo-electric power module (1st payload) experiment, Asa Calow, Director of the Manchester Digital Laboratory, Katya one of our software engineers, a couple of spectators and the guy on the left is Simon who is one of the guys that built the barometric and GPS tracking electronics in the lower payload (payload 2).
This is a picture of the on-board camera just before launch. The following pictures are from this camera.
This is the view immediately after launch, the balloon is travelling at approximately 6 metres per second as it ascends.
At this point the electronics kick-in and we are able to track the balloon from the HABHUB website. This is a picture approximately 750 meters up as it goes into the clouds.
A couple of minutes later, the balloon ascended above the clouds where it was a chilly but sunny day.
A little over an hour later, the balloon is approximately 25,000 metres and in ‘near space’ at this altitude there is air, but only between 1-5%.
A great picture of the blackness of the sky at around 30000 metres (100000 feet).
At 33,595 metres, the balloon burst. At this point it had grown from 1.5 meters in diameter to over 9 meters at which point it ‘popped’ and the Solar Power experiment (payload 1), the GPS and barometric data experiment (payload 2) and the parachute descended.
At this point the parachute and the remnant of the balloon were traveling down faster than the payloads and you can just see them in the distance to the left. As the balloon popped, it caused a kink in the line and we were treated to a view of the immediate aftermath of the balloon bursting where we can see the latex remnants.
The decent and eventual thud on the ground was relatively uneventful and the pictures aren’t much different from the ascent.