From Barcelona, Spain, the NESLAB Project team wins the first place prize for the Best Photo of GSBC 2016. We chose their incredible photo of the sun above the clouds, but had some other favorites that we share at the bottom of this post. Well done guys!!
From the team: "We are a college student working group that designs, builds, and launches platforms to develop near space activities such as earth and space observation within the framework of UPC Space Program (www.upcprogram.space). We study at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (that’s where UPC comes from!). Our school is ESEIAAT and it is placed in Terrassa, Barcelona.
NESLAB missions are more than 4 years old. Knowledge transmission between different generations of engineering students has been the key of successful launches.
We develop our own electronics and structures. We use a redundant telemetric system Arduino based, and 3D printed parts and composites for our structure and mechanisms. You can find a tutorial of using Arduino in Near Space Conditions in our Forum, and sooner than later we will upload a tutorial of using composites and 3D printed mechanisms in HABs.
We launched from Arbeteta, Guadalajara (center of Spain) and our HAB flied towards Valencian Coast, landing near Teruel. We have an adjusted budget, so our cameras aren’t the best: we use AEE S40 PRO sport cameras. They have enough endurance to cover all our flight: it is not the best image quality but the best filming time / total time ratio."