High Altitude Ballooning is a great, cheap way to send a payload up near the edge of space - be it a scientific payload, educational, or simply a mascot, photo, etc. A number of groups have send up balloons - and as we become aware of them, we'll be cataloging them here:
KiwiSpace Edge of Space project
Pending regulatory clearance
Students at Torbay School (primary) wanted to launch 'Santa to the Space' in November 2013. They worked with KiwiSpace and QuestForStars (USA) to source a payload, which incorporated 2 cameras, APRS (Ham Radio), a Satellite-connected GPS unit, and a Video transmitter - so you could watch the flight live from the ground.
They unfortunately have been declined clearance from Airways corporation at the present time, and are still working through how to get this – or may consider flying in the South Island, or if necessary overseas.
Fun Helium balloon launch
As the students' main balloon launch has been delayed due to regulatory hassles, for a bit of fun - they launched just a small balloon with no payload from the school grounds.
|The Edge (Radio)||May 2014|
The Edge radio station did a campaign "Send your Selfie to Space" – and launched a balloon from Waikato University in Hamilton.