LCA 2012: preparing for lift-off
The Project Horus team prepares to launch one of their high-altitude balloons from Linux.conf.au. This particular balloon was a 100-gram envelope carrying a 50-gram payload that included GPS receiver, temperature sensors, and a telemetry transmitter controlled by a miniature Linux computer. The balloon reached an altitude of around 22,500 metres, and a speed of nearly 150 kilometres per hour before bursting and eventually falling into Port Phillip Bay. It was never recovered.
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