On Halloween 2010 the BHALDI team launched its first 2 systems, BHALDI I and BHALDI II.  Both were recovered successfully. This page profiles the BHALDI I system, describes its flight and recovery, and provides highlights of the video captured by its on-board HD video camera.

BHALDI I was launched from Plymouth, MN and traveled approximately 90,000 vertical feet and 90 nautical miles. BHALDI I landed in a tree near Arcadia, WI, and we were unable to retrieve its payload until 2 days later on November 2, 2010.

Click here for videos from BHALDI I’s HD video camera

BHALDI I’s contents were as follows:

  • Weather Balloon
  • Parachute
  • Styrofoam cooler containing:
  • Kodak Zx3 HD Video Camera
  • Auxiliary battery for camera connected via USB
  • SPOT GPS Messenger tracking beacon
  • Chemical handwarmers to keep electronics warm
  • Despite difficulty retrieving BHALDI I, the launch was a huge success!  Click here to access more video on the BHALDI YouTube Channel and here for the BHALDI II page, detailing the other system launched that same day.

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