The Icarus Project

The Icarus Project

High Altitude Ballooning

Icarus III Payload Construction

Get the payload the right way around

Thoughts on picture sequence.

Launch Button

Pyro Cutdown & Parachute Deployment


29 Responses to Icarus III Payload Construction

  1. I was wondering how you had the parachute on the balloon and which parachute you used? Also If there is more information about your parachute can you please tell me about it? Thank you!

  2. How about some pictures of your version 3 payload?

  3. Hello Robert,

    do you thinking on making the construction plans public so more people can follow your path?

    thank you,

  4. You have inspired me to work on a new science project with my almost 9 year old son! He is obsessed with NASA and space as only an autistic can be!

  5. What a great resource!

  6. Well done robert,Simon’s from Manchesters Co launcher here! So you think we hit the 100.000ft+ good as our main tracker died,Thank goodness for Simons back up!Were only using what we found from your site and a few other selective sites that have actually done it,Close was of no use to us at all!We only used what had been proven to work above 30,000ft.Yours is Quality pal…,This is our first Attempt -But we will fly again!!! Thanks for your help!,John O’Brien…

  7. Hallo Sir,

    What an achievement! Well done!

    This is the kind of stuff that will make a new generation of dreamers awake.


    Herman Meyer
    South Africa

  8. Don’t forget an early attempt (2002) at balloon flight with an onboard computer by J. Meehan:

  9. Hello Sir Robert,

    I am amazed at your feat. Your achievement shows that IT IS POSSIBLE to do the IMPOSSIBLE. I salute your enthusiasm and efforts. I hope NASA, ESA and others learn from your deed. As the saying goes “A small step of men, a giant leap for mankind….”


    Dipu Marak

  10. Hi Robert

    Just wanted to let you know, that you made it to the media in Switzerland. Great work and amazing pictures. You have all my respect!

    Regards, Stefan

  11. Robert,

    It’s just amazing, the idea, the pictures, the videos.

    I’m looking forward to your future projects.

  12. Saludos Mr. Robert! Some time ago I found in the internet a site from a pair of students from MIT who were able to accomplish the same, although for a little less investment, seems balloons are quite expensive in England. You might look for some at USA via internet in order to go up to Icarus XMC! Check their site:
    Alex Eceverría, México

  13. Enjoy your great pictures and the fine work you do. Many thanks, Robert.

    Bob Read, London, ON, Canada

  14. Hi Robert,

    Keep up the good work!

    (Virginia Tech) Blacksburg, VA USA

  15. Excellent project and a few of us engineers at KGS are considering launching a unit from Canada. How can we acquire a PCB? There’s a reference to that on your site. We were also thinking about “stabilizing” the unit with outriggers for added inertia. Any thoughts?

  16. Great pictures!!! I’ll keep an eye on your website and your Project.

    Claus from Austria

  17. Your comments this morning on CNN was spot on…..we’ve lost our global edge because our children are not pursuing science. Our classrooms as your “classroom” has so elegantly demonstrated, need to foster natural and unboundless curiosity….To accomplish this goal, we need to attact young minds into the world of science by nourishing the natural, unboundless mind of the child…

    “Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise. ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ is a silly proverb. ‘Necessity is the mother of futile dodges’ is much closer to the truth. The basis of growth of modern invention is science, and science is almost wholly the outgrowth of pleasurable intellectual curiosity.

    — Alfred North Whitehead

  18. Hi Robert,

    Awesome pictures & video’s. Looking forward to see results from your future projects. Will keep an eye on your website from Switzerland.

    Best regards,


  19. see i told my science teacher. anyone can be an astronaut! you proved it!!!

  20. Hi Robert,
    Fantastic achievment, takes me back when i was launching radio sonde balloons, 27mhz back then, these were tracked using a cossor radar. The balloons were filled with hydrogen ( not recommended!!).
    Following a true spirit in amateur radio, very best of luck for future launches. Has set me thinking.

    Rgds Keith G0OXV

  21. Now THIS is a hobby! Good for you! Best of Luck from Kamloops, BC, Canada

  22. Hi, read about you and your success via
    My only comment is the colour hues of the pictures. Is it me or is there a purple hue them?

    Well done, wishing you more success.


  23. Great work! And thank’s for all of the detail on your website!


  24. Hi,
    Congratulations from Oporto, Portugal. Great science work. Hope NASA will fund your projects.


  25. I’m using these as wallpaper on my desktop. Awesome stuff.

  26. Hello, Mr.Harrison
    I read the article about your amazing achievement!
    It gave me a big thrill to meet your process and pictures, finally possibilities.
    I wish you best of luck.

  27. I am hugely impressed Robert. Rather inspiring stuff.

    How’s about you go and grab some sponsorship and take your game to the next level? You’ve got this far on a tiny sum so . . . . . . . .

  28. I too am very impressed by the images and all your efforts with previous Lauches. You should apply to the british space station which is taking application from April the 1st.

  29. Hi Robert,

    After looking over your web pages, I am well impressed with your determination and “have a go approach”.
    As one of the comments on the Times article states “Never underestimate the ability of a Brit who owns a shed.”
    This is bloody good science – keep up the good work.

    Regards Martin.


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