News: MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

In early September, two MIT students launched project Icarus: the $150 (almost to) space camera.

From Wired:

"...Two students put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera... They dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148."

Talk about resourcefulness. The best part? Anybody can do it. Cheap, easy to assemble, NASA-quality project. Check in on the Icarus project page for (soon to come) step-by-step instructions.

1337arts Icarus Project TimeLapse Video (Max Altitude: 93,000 ft):

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera            

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera       

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

MIT Kids Beat NASA on Beer Budget with DIY Space Camera

7 Comments

good idea! O_o

Kinda sad that NASA cant do much anymore.

that looks fun!

i guess nasa is more towards the whole. "we want to know what we are taking pictures of and control it too." and these guys were just wanting to float a camera into space. it's an awesome idea, i wish i cared enough to try it but thats the joy of the internet, i can experience the results without any of the effort. TT__TT god im lazy.

This is amazing. Definitely worth trying out!

nice going! With a few hundred more balloons they could take photographs of distant galaxies and really stick it to NASA. someone should try this with an ipad

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