Teenager Launches $50 Camera into Space to Capture Images of Earth

A teenager has floated a £30 camera he bought on eBay into space to capture curvature of the Earth.

Adam Cudworth, from Ombersley, Worcs, captured amazing images of our planet using a 30-pound camera he bought on eBay. Photo: The Sun

NASA might spend hundreds of millions of pounds on high tech satellites, while the student whose scientific background is much lower, did achieve his incredible feat – on a 200-pound budget.

To launch the device into the space, Adam, 19, spent 40 hours working on a home-made camera consisting of a box containing a GPS, radio and microprocessor.

However, his hand-made device did soar to an incredible height of 110,210 ft (33,592m), captivating incredible pictures of the Earth, which he released it last Thursday.

“After taking two-and-a-half hours to float over 20 miles up into the earth’s stratosphere, his contraption captured out-of-this-world images giving breathtaking views of our planet from space,” The Telegraph reports.

In order to follow the process, Cudworth used a GPS tracker similar to a car’s sat-nav t an attached radio transmitter to find it when it fell back to earth having reached speeds of over 150mph.

The teenager said: “It’s just a bit of hobby really, I just wanted to set myself a challenge – but I’m amazed at the results.”

He continued: “I saw a guy who did a similar thing a couple of years back and I just wanted to recreate them – but better.”

“I have no background in astrophysics or anything like that, I’m just an engineering student. People think its something that costs millions of pounds but I’ve proved you can do it on just a £200 budget.”

The student bought a standard Canon A570 camera off eBay when he first had the idea for the project a year-and-a-half ago.

He placed the device in an insulated box along with a small video camera, two high-performance solar panels, two temperature sensors, a tracking device, microprocessor and radio.

After that Adam attached his contraption to a high-altitude two metre latex balloon with a parachute – and gave it a name – HABE 5.

Having launched the hand-made device, Adam tracked the balloon as it climbed to three times the height of a commercial plane before it landed in Broadway, Worcs., which is 30 miles far from his home.

The built-in circuit board allowed the teenager record the speed, G-force and altitude his balloon was reaching at all times.

The Nottingham University student said: “When I retrieved the camera I was stunned – it had captured some incredible photos and footage.

“The exposure settings were different to my previous two attempts and I used materials which would be more robust in extreme temperatures and this led to clearer photos at altitude.”

“The onboard video camera recorded great footage close to the ground after launch, however the lens fogged up at about 3km in altitude because moisture got in the lens – but it still looked rather impressive.”

He continued: “I’m now working on project, which will allow me to control where the box lands when it falls back to earth. But that’s work in progress at the minute and I’ll have to be content with this for now.”

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