Martijn & Kasper's Mission
Martijn Kasper are two Belgian students who managed to have the cheapest possible high altitude balloon mission, i.e. they flew without spending almost anything.
The launch was their year-project for school, but at the beginning they met a few problems of costs: students are generally on a very low budget and a balloon launch usually means throwing away a few hundreds Euros.
But they succeeded anyway: they managed to convince the belgian weather organization to host the payload on one of the standard weather launches and they got the GPS system for free as a sponsorship by a GPS tracking company. Their only hard cost was the camera, but they managed to sell it again after the mission, recovering the cost.
Thier project, has thus become a hit in belgium and they were covered in a few newspapers and in the state TV. Kudos to the boys!
As for the mission itself, they had to launch in bad weather but the photos are anyway interesting.