An Axis network camera was launched to an altitude of 35,000 meters (114,829 feet) and—despite the extreme temperatures—set a record for using the world's highest wireless network to deliver images to Earth.
The camera was attached to a stratospheric balloon equipped with atmospheric physics research tools by Esrange Space Center researchers, who launched the balloon from the center’s facility in the north of Sweden, according to a written statement from Axis. The Esrange Space Center is facility of the Swedish Space Corporation, a general contractor in space and aerospace.
Once the tests were completed, the balloon was brought down with three parachutes that were equipped with the AXIS Q6034-E network camera, which made it possible for the researchers to observe the parachute system’s performance and the landing with high quality images in real time from Earth. The balloon landed in northern Finland, which required the wireless network to have a reach of 400 km.
“Axis outdoor video solutions are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and to provide reliable surveillance at all times,” said Erik Frannlid, Axis Communications’ product management director. “To manage to deliver images in conditions of minus 73 degrees Celsius for over three hours, with the lowest temperature reaching minus 90 degrees Celsius, is very satisfying,” Frannlid said.
The researchers at Esrange Space Center were pleased with the camera’s test, according to Per Baldemar, head of the Swedish Space Corporation’s Rocket & Balloon Systems’ launching team. “To be able to visually see what is happening in real time, combined with the data we are recording, is invaluable for assessing how the parachutes behave and where they land. It will lead to more reliable and secure landings,” Baldemar said.
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