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Project Icarus

On Sept. 2, 2009 “Project Icarus” (developed by a group of MIT students), launched a digital camera into near-space to take photographs of the earth from high up above.

Who: Oliver Yeh, Justin Lee, Eric Newton
Launch Date/Time: September 2nd, 2009, 11:45 EST
Launch Location: Sturbridge, MA – 42.12074, -72.06233
Impact Location: Worcester, MA – 42.25504, -71.71943
Distance Traveled: ~20 miles
Altitude Achieved: 93,000 feet, 17.5 miles
Helium Used: ~65 cubic feet
Weight: ~800g, 28oz
Camera: Canon A470 /w chdk open source firmware
Batteries: 4 Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries
GPS Reciever: Motorola i290 Prepaid Cellphone (”Boost Mobile”)
Tracking Software: Accutracking
Flight path: Google Earth kml
FAA regulation: Legal as long as payload is under 4 pounds

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