What is Pluto?
Pluto is a project that aims to capture stunning footage of the blackness beyond our atmosphere and the curve of our own Earth from 100,000 feet in the sky by using a weather balloon to lift a small box loaded with cameras and electronics. Aside from building our capsule we want to use all extra funds to donate to NASA's Space Camp Scholarship fund so that a kid who can't afford the experience but dreams about walking on the Moon can get a chance at being the next Neil Armstrong.
Find out more at LaunchPluto.com!
Why the name Pluto?
To us 20-somethings we will always think of Pluto as a planet in our solar system, we remember the day when it was techically removed from "Planet Status" but to us it will always be a reminder of the times when we were younger and we all wanted to be astronauts.
Now many years later we have all taken different paths and probably won't be working for NASA or SpaceX anytime soon but that doesn't mean we have given up! Pluto is a nice reminder of our childhood and a symbol for our willingness to help a kid go to Space Camp and experience something that we all wish we could have had.
How will you do it?
We are following a path of experience here, so many questions have already been answered for us. After seeing a pair of brilliant MIT students do a similar project and many others after them we wanted to take the popularity of a weather balloon camera and try to use it to live out our dreams while making someone else's dreams come true too.
Where can I learn more?
We have a complete breakdown of our plans, equipment, and process over on our website, LaunchPluto.com where we will be blogging about the experience, releasing tutorial videos, and giving constant feedback on how to do this project on your own as easily as possible. Come check it out!