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BlueTipz at 60,000 Feet – Extreme Testing
We love to thoroughly test our products, and we might have gone a little over the top on this one. We had the opportunity to jump on to a high altitude balloon launch with our friends at Sector67, the makerspace where BlueTipz was developed.
A high altitude balloon launch means putting a small payload up 60-90,000 feet in the air; more than twice as high as cruising altitude of a jet, for a few hours.
We prepared our payload, which included a GoPro camera, some fancy electronics for transmitting our flight path so we could recover the payload, and a waterproof enclosure. Then we stuck a BlueTipz on a shaft and taped it to the rig. We modified it so that it was always on; we didn’t want its jostling to turn it off, and we didn’t want the built in shutoff feature to activate. We wanted it to run continuously until we recovered it.
Assembling the payload and making final preparations, like gluing the battery so it would’t disconnect, and tightening the enclosure so it wouldn’t leak in case of water landing.
We launched it and watched it ascend out of sight. This is what it saw when it got to about 58,700 feet:
And here’s the path it took across Wisconsin:
The path of Apollo67/BlueTipz on its high altitude extreme testing.
Four hours later, deep in a corn field, we got our notification and were able to home in on our payload, still happily flashing away and transmitting.
Yep, it still works! Though the picture doesn’t show it, the light was still flashing away.
It had been to 60,000 feet and back, travelling through turbulence, landing hard, and still snapped on to the shaft. Seriously. No tricks, no glue, no tape. It was just snapped on.
BlueTipz snapped on, turned on, and ready to go!
For more details about this launch and others by Sector67, check out http://apollo67.com