University of Nottingham student captures images twenty miles above earth with second hand camera

A student from The University of Nottingham has captured images above the earth on a £200 budget.Adam Cudworth from Worcestershire, used a second hand camera and a balloon to capture images, 110,210 ft (20 miles) above the Earth.

Worcester from the sky
Worcester from the sky Credit: Adam Cudworth

Adam says the project was a 'bit of a hobby', and he used what he'd learnt from his A-Level physics, as well as experience from his university degree to carry it out.

“A couple of years ago I came across photos that showed the ‘blackness’ of space and curvature of the Earth, to my amazement they had been taken using a similar setup to mine. So, I set myself the challenge to do a similar project to capture even better photos. “After a few years in preparation, navigating the various regulations and a little trial and error, the £30 Canon A570 camera captured some fantastic photos.”

– Adam Cudworth, student
Small bit of Uphampton, launch Site bottom (mid-right)
Small bit of Uphampton, launch Site bottom (mid-right) Credit: Adam Cudworth

Adam used a GPS system to monitor the flight and retrieve the camera once it had returned to earth.

Adam created this google map to show the route of the flight
Adam created this google map to show the route of the flight Credit: Adam Cudworth/Google Maps

“I think it is quite incredible what Adam has accomplished on such a small budget, and on his own initiative, he is to be congratulated.”

– Terry Moore, Professor of Satellite Navigation at the University of Nottingham

All of Adam's images can be found on his Flickr page, and a video of the flight can be seen on Youtube.

This video was uploaded to Youtube by cuddykid.