A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about exciting my son about aviation. Well, a father-son duo from New York has taken that lesson to the extreme by sending an iPhone to space on a homemade balloon. Seven year old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke spent 8 months building the balloon and special housing for the camera and then sent their mini spacecraft aloft for a 70-minute-long flight that reached 30 kilometers (100,000 feet) into the stratosphere. Along the way, it captured amazing video footage. In their own words:
In August 2010, we set out to send a camera to space.
It would have to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over 150 mph, and the high risk of a water landing. To retrieve the craft, it would need to deploy a parachute, descend through the clouds and transmit a GPS coordinate to a cell phone tower. Then we have to find it.
Needless to say, there were a lot of variables to overcome.
And without further ado, here is the video:
All I can say is Wow!
Photos from the flight are available from the Geissbuhler's Brooklyn Space Program website.
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