An Axis Communications off the shelf wireless camera has recently set the world altitude record beaming footage back from 21.7 miles or 35km up.
The PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) dome network camera was sent into the atmosphere as part of the BEXUS 11 program from the Esrange Space Center, north of Sweden. Each flight carries out around 20 experiments during each flight and the altitude that the camera could still function was just one of these.
However the wireless AXIS Q6034-E camera passed all tests and gave the researchers valuable information in real time about the balloon’s parachute system and its landing capabilities. The BEXUS project is backed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB)