The mission GalaSat ONE took place yesterday October 23 at 11:50 am from Palma del Rio, Cordoba. Due to westerly winds aloft, our balloon travelled 66’93 km east to a large hunting farm on an elevated position with breathtaking views of San Rafael de Navallana’s dam where it was recovered at 17:30 pm.
Photo taken at 13:16 pm on October 23, 2015
This first photo above shows the remains of our high altitude balloon just after it burst far above the city of Cordoba in the south of Spain. The bursting point was reached at 27.602 meters where it is possible to see the curvature of the earth. Apart from that, this picture shows us the thin blue line. Note that since there are too few air molecules at altitudes above about 18.300 m to effectively scatter sunlight, the sky appears essentially black.
Our balloon and payload ascended into the sky at a rate of 5’33 m/s. All such high altitude balloons burst when the atmospheric air pressure is too low to contain the expanding volume of the gas within the balloon. After bursting, the payload descended back to earth at an average rate of 24’16 m/s. Our balloon’s capsule was retrieved intact and will be re-used for a future launch.