HASP was launched at 9:50 am (15:50 UTC) this morning. The payload is now climbing through 7000 meters. Watch CosmoCam for the release of the glider at about 30,000 feet. After that CosmoCam is available for use by anybody.
We are blogging on how to integrate two commercial off the shelf cameras into a high altitude balloon payload that will reach 120,000 feet in September 2007 (our previous flight HASP-GeoCam 2006 led to the stitching of 4 GB of image data led to maps shown here). The reasons for this project can be found here.
In the current project, GeoCam is a reflight of last year's GeoCam flight (same camera and objectives) while HyperGeoCam is a new payload trying to obtain hyperspectral images from an off-the shelf camera using a mathematical framework called Compressed Sensing.