June 30, 2017

GoPro on Weather Balloon Captures an Extremely Close Airbus Flyby


Strapping GoPro cameras to things and filming what happens is always fun. Did someone say dogs left home alone? But it can get pretty extreme when the thing you are strapping a camera to is a high-altitude weather balloon. Especially when you capture a totally rare moment when an Airbus gloriously races past you. 

OLHZN High Altitude Balloons launched a weather balloon with a GoPro attached on a flight from Honeoye, New York.  The balloon and camera travelled to an altitude of 102,544 feet and landed near Syracuse, New York. On the way, the camera captured an amazing moment in which a Delta Airlines Airbus A319 zipped by at an altitude of 38,000 feet. The plane was travelling from Boston to Detroit and passed within 150 metres of the camera. The video that was captured also includes the incredible sound of this rare event.

The balloon project was quick to point out the rigorous safety procedures they follow stating, “All of our flights follow FAA Federal Aviation Regulation requirements outlined in FAR 101 and have NOTAMs filed with the FAA and coordination is performed with the local ARTCCs and airports to ensure safe operations.”

You have to see and hear it to believe it! The unusual footage is quite spectacular and the audio has more than a hint of Twin Peaks’ Red Room to it! The project wants to point out “This is the raw audio version with no music added. No sound effects have been added at all. This audio is completely raw.”

Via OLHZN High Altitude Balloons

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