A teenager has floated a £30 camera he bought on eBay into space to capture amazing images of the Earth.
Adam Cudworth, 19, managed to capture these incredible views of the earth from space using little more than a balloon and his second-hand camera.
And while NASA spends hundreds of millions of pounds each year on high tech satellites Adam, whose scientific background consists of only a Physics A-Level, achieved his incredible feat - on a £200 budget.
The student spent 40 hours working on a home-made device consisting of a box containing a GPS, radio and microprocessor - which soared to an incredible height of 110,210 ft (33,592m) when he released it last Thursday.
After taking two-and-a-half hours to float over 20 miles up into the earth's stratosphere, his contraption captured out-of-this-world images giving breathtaking views of our planet from space.
Adam used a GPS tracker similar to a car's sat-nav to follow its progress and an attached radio transmitter to find it when it fell back to earth having reached speeds of over 150mph.
The teenager, from Ombersley, Worcs., said: "It's just a bit of hobby really, I just wanted to set myself a challenge - but I'm amazed at the results.
"I have no background in astrophysics or anything like that, I'm just an engineering student.
"People think its something that costs millions of pounds but I've proved you can do it on just a £200 budget."
Adam bought a standard Canon A570 camera off eBay a year-and-a-half ago when he first had the idea for the project.
He placed it in an insulated box along with a small video camera, two temperature sensors, two high-performance solar panels, a tracking device, microprocessor and radio.
The Nottingham University student then attached it to a high-altitude two metre latex balloon with a parachute - and named his contraption HABE 5.
The built-in circuit board allowed for Adam to cleverly record the speed, G-force and altitude his balloon was reaching at all times.
Originally posted by WanderingThe3rd
lies, how much did his GPS cost? and the other materials?
Originally posted by DAVID64
Little things like this is what makes me believe space exploration will be by private companies. They, like this young man, will be trying to do it cheaper, better and faster. Governments pay billions for "expert" advice, when some times, all they need is some common sense.