Project Whitebird is a journey, envisaged by an artist, designed by an
engineer, and brought into being with the help of a group of dedicated
people embarking on a mission to curate the first outdoor Art
Exhibition in Space*
(* or very close to it)
This adventure starts in mundane settings, as average Joe’s, and
continues into an expedition of hope, imagination, determination and
showing that no matter who you are or where you are from, you can do a
lot more to live your dreams than you may think. If only you get off
your ass and give it a good go.
To make this dream a reality and to make history, we need to raise funds.
What you are sponsoring:
By Sponsoring this project, you will be contributing to the mission of
becoming the first team to successfully curate an outdoor solo art
exhibition on the edge of space and bring it back down safely to
The first mission launch will be a test flight. It will be crucial for
testing the equipment, computer programs and ballooncraft designs
involved with this project.
Test Flight Cost: £1000
For your £10 sponsorship you will get:
A “Postcard from Space” Sign with a personal thank you message on the reverse
+ A special sponsors edition of ‘Project Whitebird – The Launch of a
Dream’ a feature length film documenting the actualization and
fulfillment of the project.
+ Your name will be listed as a sponsor of Project Whitebird, which
will be documented and attached to this historic flight. (your name
will go down in history)
If you would like to support the project please transfer your £10 sponsorship to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you could send us a confirmation of your sponsorship transfer
that would be grand.
A little breakdown of the flight of the balloon is as follows:
After launch, the Whitebird Balloon will steadily climb at a rate of
approx 1000ft per minute. Depending on the wind conditions it will
slowly track across the country. The balloon filled with helium will
slowly expand as it rises, starting out at around 157cm.
The ambient air temperature will decrease to a level that will start
to affect the onboard equipment, mainly batteries. It will then be
passing through the Troposphere, the layer of air where our weather is
made around 10km and rise further into the Stratosphere where the
thermodynamics are in equilibrium and the flight should be more
stable. It will now be higher than any commercial aircraft (12km)
Around the mid Stratosphere, about 20km up, the temperature will now
be down to around -50c and the air pressure will be as low as
0.08psi. The balloon which started off at 157cm will have grown due to
the difference in air pressure to 750cm. Having reached an altitude of
around 30km the natural latex of the balloon will rupture, the balloon
will burst and the payload will fall. During the descent a
parachute will deploy and bring the equipment safely back to Earth
where, with the onboard gps tracking systems, it will be recovered.
During this test flight, one of the onboard cameras will be taking a
photograph every 5 seconds for the 3hr flight. Around 104 minutes into
the flight we should reach our maximum altitude. As the balloon bursts
it will leave the payload box housing the cameras, suspended, just for
a split moment, in mid-air on the edge of space.
This is the moment when your Postcard Image will be taken.
By Project Whitebird