Checking out Mount Olympus from 38 km

The image above shows Mount Olympus in the center, with a tiny bit of the western suburbs of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, in the lower right hand corner. These two points are 70 kilometers apart, but we’re not seeing a picture taken from the International Space Station. This is a picture from the SlaRos project, a high altitude balloon launched last summer that ascended to 38 kilometers above Greece.

On SlaRos’ project page (Facebook warning), the team covers the hardware that went in to lofting a camera high above the cruising altitude of commercial airplanes. A GPS module tracked the balloon in real time and relayed this to a GSM module to the mobile command and tracking team.

There are a ton of high altitude pictures of Greece over on the project’s Facebook page as well as a time lapse video of the Grecian wilderness after the SlaRos payload landed. The payload spent a full night in a field before it was recovered, but we’re very glad the team was able to recover these awesome pictures.

Comments

  1. Coda says:

    Wouldn’t Zeus get angry at losing his privacy?

  2. Respect to the author for his dedication to my project.

    Just a few corrections/additions.

    Photographs include pictures of north & central Hellenic republic plus Albania, Bulgaria, south Serbia.

    I am one person not a team :)

    The payload was mainly tracked by the real-time APRS telemetry at 144.8Mhz. GSM was a backup recovery module. When landed, GSM booted and start sending SMS to my cellphone.

    Thank you !

  3. Anonymous says:

    kudos to the dude

  4. Roger Wilco says:

    very nice! and done by a one person team :)

  5. jlargentaye says:

    I am disappoint. I thought this was refering to Olympus Mons and would show perspective on its size. I guess the atmosphere color and clouds should have tipped me off!

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