"Our mission is to have unique perspectives of Earth that are hard to see, and showcase the beauty of Earth," Night Crew Labs co-founder Bryan Chan told Thrillist.
Logistically, the project provided plenty of challenges to the Night Crew Labs team. The weather didn't cooperate for much of December, as it was a particularly rainy time for the Bay Area. And trying to control the flight path of a balloon near an ocean, trying to get it to land between two mountain ranges, was already hard enough. But Federal Aviation Administration regulations required even more planning.
"There are lots of airports in San Francisco, so talking to the FAA, there were a lot of restrictions on where we could and could not launch this balloon," Chan said. "The FAA has a weight limit of 12 pounds, too, which is why we went with that red, 3D printed plastic design. You can't send an aluminum box, as every gram has to be considered."