Homemade Spacecraft takes first Iphone 4 Into Space
This is probably the coolest thing I have seen in a very long time. Cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler has just put in his bid for the Dad of the Year Award. Luke and his son embarked on a project to send a iPhone 4 and an HD video camera into space, attached to a weather balloon.
The project described by Luke himself: Brooklyn Space Program
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 stratosphere to film the blackness beyond earth.
Eventually, the balloon will grow from lack of atmospheric pressure, burst and begin to fall. It would have to survive 100mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over a 150mph, 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 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.
Imagine how many people told them that the project is impossible, that they will fail, waist there time and money, and look like idiots. “If it was that easy, someone would have done it by now.”
Well, a big RESPECT goes out to Luke Geissbuhler, we need more Dads like you.