Weather balloon GPS space flight iPhone camera footage homemade spacecraft 100000 ft altitude (HD)
Weather balloon GPS space flight iPhone camera footage homemade spacecraft 100000 ft altitude (HD)
Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space. Seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke Geissbuhler dreamed of visiting space. Armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, they basically did just that. The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage

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In August 2010, we set out to send a camera to space. The mission was to attach a HD video camera to a weather balloon and send it up into the upper atmosphere to film the blackness beyond our earth. Eventually, the balloon will grow from lack of atmospheric pressure, burst, and begin to fall.

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It would have to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over a 150 mpg, 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.

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Needless to say, there are a lot of variables to overcome. After 8 months of research and testing, we checked the weather patterns, picked our day, and drove to Newburgh, New York to launch.

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40 mins and 60,000 ft, the craft experiences winds as high as 100 mpg, flipping it head over heels.

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Slowing to 15mpg, the GPS transmits its coordinates for the first time, as it shows up on a map.

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Approx. 41.8442, -74.0283

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Amazingly, the soft capsule lands only 30 miles north of the launch site due to a quick ascent and two differing wind patterns.

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The camera batteries finally succumb to the cold after 100 mins of recording, a mere 2 mins from landing.

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The craft is found 50 ft high in a tree caught by its parachute and located in the dead of night by its external LED light shining as a beacon.

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This thing went to space.

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2010 Brooklyn Space Program: Luke Geissbuhler, Max Geissbuhler, Cara Hill, Stephen Horner, Miles Horner, Christina Horner, Jason Cleary, Kara Napoli, Allen of Rifton.

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Many many thanks to you all for making it happen. www.lukegeissbuhler.com

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www.brooklynspaceprogram.org

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