Alaska: Above the Last Frontier

In October of 2015, we formed Night Crew Labs and set out with the ambition to take video of the northern lights from a high altitude balloon. After many local test flights in California, several design iterations, and much planning we went to Alaska in March of 2017 to do just that.

We arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 17 and began our balloon flight campaign. We planned to fly up to four balloons, allowing for several day and night launches over Fairbanks. We chose March, near the vernal equinox, as it is the optimal time to see the Aurora Borealis due to the right combination of clear skies and space weather. When 8 tanks of helium arrived at our location, we knew this was for real. This is part I of the story: the day launch campaign. Read more…


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