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Put the Weather Balloon Back In The Box

29 Jan 2012, 23:12 UTC
Put the Weather Balloon Back In The Box
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What the hell is going on with this weather balloon craze? It seems that everything from beer to sushi is being sent “into space” these days. There’s only one problem… weather balloons don’t go into space! Launching random crap into the stratosphere may be fun and give some companies a fleeting marketing opportunity, but please, [...]

Really? Sushi and beer "in space"? What's next?
What the hell is going on with this weather balloon craze? It seems that everything from beer to sushi is being sent “into space” these days. There’s only one problem… weather balloons don’t go into space!
Launching random crap into the stratosphere may be fun and give some companies a fleeting marketing opportunity, but please, quit it. Weather balloons should be used for… um, I dunno… high altitude research. And for high school/university students’ learning opportunities. Oh, and Roswell conspiracy theories. But that’s it.
Just because you have a small camera with a gazillion megapixels, a credit card and a GPS tracker, the logic of buying a huge balloon and filling it with helium, strapping your camera to it and then running across the countryside to retrieve the wreckage seems silly. Sure, you ...

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