Projection mapping in the stratosphere 30,000m
above the ground of the beautiful Earth rising up
Two space balloons outfitted with the self-portraits of 100 people,chosen from prior entries, were launched into the atmosphere.
This project, in which the selfies of 100 people were risen into the atmosphere 30,000m above the earth for projection mapping at the instant the sun rose over the horizon, proved an extremely difficult challenge.
The instant the sun rises on the Earth lasts truly only a few seconds, so in order to capture that moment, the preparations for the launch had to continue throughout the night.
Even with multiple balloon launches being carried out from the middle of August, the operation was more challenging than anyone had imagined.
The final launch day was September 20th, 2015. To assure the project's success, the crew members proposed the launch of two successive space balloons, one after the other, which would improve the team's chances of capturing the moment the sun rose.
The skies were clear, and the wind was mostly still; the best launch conditions so far in the project.
The first balloon, aiming for 30,000m, was launched as scheduled at 4:41 a.m. The second, aiming for 35,000m (5,000m higher than the first), was released into the skies at 4:55 a.m.
The project was a success, as the participants' selfies were photographed along with the beautiful dawn.
The selfie projection mapping, at 35,000m in the stratosphere, was surely a world first.
Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences