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Father And Son Launch iPhone Into The Skies [Video]

October 22nd, 2010 10:44 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Brooklyn Space Program

This is sheer awesomeness. A Brooklyn based cinematographer teamed up with his son in a project to capture the skies above using just a video camera.

The result was the "Homemade Spacecraft" that is basically a helium balloon tied with a takeout box stuffed with an HD video camera and an iPhone 4.

Explaining his project, Luke Geissbuhler says that 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 our earth". Geissbuhler further explains that such balloon trips are typically affected by the lowering atmospheric pressure, which causes these balloons to gradually grow in size and eventually burst hurtling the whole apparatus down to the ground.

Such balloon trips are also impacted by 100 mph winds that are common in the upper stratosphere that typically shift the position of the balloons drastically. To overcome this issue, Geissbuhler says his team used an iPhone 4 as a GPS device that can be used to track down the location of the "spacecraft" once it has landed back. You can check out an excerpt from the balloon trip in the video embedded below. 

Geissbuhler has noted on his website that his team is already gearing up for its next mission. The team is also in the process of publishing a how-to book that will provide all the details necessary for enthusiasts to set up their own "space" explorations. You can make a book reservation by clicking here

While such exploratory projects are indeed common-place among space enthusiasts, it is exciting to see the iPhone being used for such experiments. What do you think?

[via NY Mag]

Source: Father And Son Launch iPhone Into The Skies [Video]

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