Cambodia from the outer space. Mission accomplished.
A Phnom Penh-based group of software developers began its trial of launching a Hellium-powered balloon into outer space, which was actually the first succesful mission. The space project, costs about one thousand US dollar, enables video/photo cameras to capture the earth of Cambodia from the above.
The spaceship was named ‘The Sun’ or ‘Preah Atith’ in Khmer language.
Here’s the view (edited video at about 5 minutes and a half) of Cambodia from the outer space
This YouTube video is courtesy of Eduardo Jezierski, a chief technical officer at InSTEDD, a Google Foundation-funded non-profit organization.
For more background info, please take a look at this slide presentation online at: http://www.slideshare.net/edjez/our-pale-blue-dot-bcpp2010
The presentation and partial setup took place at Panasatra University, where nearly one thousand of computer enthusiasts gathered in late September.
It has been a while that we’ve heard of a Cambodian Space Project, a music band started by a group of expatriates in Phnom Penh. Until this weekend, however, it’s a no longer is fantasy name.
To be updated: a podcast of the entire presentation made by Eduardo Jezierski before the space launch.