Axis Communications, a provider for the network video market, has set a world record with the highest wireless network. An Axis network camera delivered high-quality images to Earth from 35,000 meters after being sent into the atmosphere by a stratospheric balloon from the Esrange Space Center in the north of Sweden.
The Esrange Space Center at the Swedish Space sent a high-altitude balloon equipped with atmospheric physics research tools up to 35,000 meters. When the tests were completed the 100,000m3 balloon was brought down with three parachutes. Unique to this launch was that the parachutes were equipped with a network camera from Axis, which made it possible for the researchers to validate the parachute system 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 surveillance at all times. To manage to deliver images in conditions of -73 degrees Celsius for more than three hours, with the lowest temperature reaching -90 degrees Celsius, is very satisfying," said Phil Doyle, Regional Director, Northern Europe, Axis Communications.
“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,” said Per Baldemar, Head of the Launching Team of Rocket & Balloon Systems at the Swedish Space