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Father and Son Launch iPhone Into Space

Backyard Adventures. Cool fun mini-expeditions helping students and parents become modern argonauts. Second in my series of Backyard Adventures is The Final Frontier.

ASSIGNMENT: Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to find a star-gazing adventure right in your own backyard.

Example: Watch this video of the ultimate backyard adventure. A father and son send a HD video camera into space on a balloon, and used an iPhone as a GPS tracking system. It reminds me of when I was a kid, my dad and I made time-lapsed photos of the stars to track the orbit in across the night sky.

This awesome video documents Brooklyn cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler’s and his son’s quest to launch an iPhone and high-definition video camera into outer space using nothing but a weather balloon. Their mission was a success, and the video is breathtaking.

Geussbuhler and his son launched the balloon from Newburgh, New York. The balloon climbed at a rate of 25 feet/second to about 19 miles above the earth’s surface. Flight time was about an hour later. Then the balloon burst and the iPhone and the camera fell back to Earth on a parachute.

The father-son team tracked the iPhone’s using its GPS (go MobileMe!) transmitter. They found it in a tree about 30 miles north of the launch pad.

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