Near space photography with high altitude balloons ๐Ÿ“ธ

The Outer Rim Company
2 min readJun 25, 2020


High altitude balloons are a great way for artists, developers, and directors to capture life through a different lens.

The altitude of a traditional balloon can traditionally reach up to 40 km. With a camera as a payload, you can easily capture incredible footage throughout the world. We recommend working with an organization that is experienced with high altitude balloon launches and FAA regulations to help ensure you are safely launching and retrieving your payloads.

Below we have 5 unique ways that artists, developers, and directors can use high altitude balloons to capture incredible footage:

๐Ÿช‚ Using a 360-degree camera suited for Virtual Reality, you can record a balloon as it falls back down to earth. Use the footage to create a virtual reality simulator for skydiving.

๐ŸŒ… Capture near-space images and turn them into wall posters and digital backgrounds.

๐ŸŽฅ Create a short film near-space. By positioning a camera and your props before balloon ascension, you can create a live-action film as your characters ascend towards near-space.

๐Ÿฅค Ever wondered what happens when a soda can enters the upper atmosphere? Record your results for the world to see.

โ›ฐ๏ธ Earth is beautiful โ€” and while billions of people have seen the world from the ground, higher altitudes provide unique views of the familiar. Use balloons to capture nature in a new light.

We hope you like some of these ideas for photography near-space. While we mentioned a few here, there are an infinite number of ways you can use the upper atmosphere for creative initiatives.

Now all you need to do is make sure you can properly retrieve your captured footage. If you need help with that, reach out to us here.



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