This would have to be the coolest home made science experiment ever. A father and his 7-year old son have launched a camera and iPhone into space using a weather balloon. The video shows incredible footage as the balloon rapidly ascends above the clouds and into the far reaches of the atmosphere.
It looks like they thought of everything:
- The package was fitted with a specially designed parachute that would open when the balloon burst (great footage of this moment).
- The iPhone’s GPS tracking was on so that they could find it when it landed – they found it within 30 km of where they launched.
- The package was well insulated to protect the batteries from the extreme cold conditions. The camera battery lasted through the ascent and only just failed prior to landing – not a bad effort!
It’s an inspiring story and the video is well worth watching.
- Father and Son Launch iPhone Into Space [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Dad & Son Launch iPhone Into Space Awesome Footage (man-over-board.com)
- iPhone goes to the edge of space (cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com)
- iPhone 4 Launched Into Space With Weather Balloon (pcworld.com)
- “iPhone Sent Into Space Records Amazing Video” and related posts (iphonedownloadblog.com)
- Father-Son Team Launch Balloon With HD Camera, iPhone Into Space (newsfeed.time.com)