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    An impressive video is making the rounds showing the Earth from 19 miles up in the stratosphere - high enough to show the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space - that was shot from an iPhone 4. A father and son from Brooklyn, New York lofted an iPhone to 100,000 feet aboard a weather balloon to take a video of the Earth from space. Amazingly, the phone survived plummeting back to Earth at 150 miles per hour after the balloons burst, landing safely not far from the launch point.

    Luke Geissbühler spent eight months researching and testing a way to video the Earth's curvature. He ended up taking an iPhone with external HD camera and wrapping it with hand-warmers to protect it from temperatures of 60 below zero Fahrenheit above the tropopause. They enclosed it in styrofoam packing materials, which they attached to a helium weather balloon. The two took their "homemade spacecraft" away from coastal Brooklyn, launching it from Newburgh in upstate New York to avoid interfering with air traffic and the chance of a splashdown. After 72 minutes, the iPhone had climbed over 100,000 feet (about 19 miles) into the stratosphere. At that height, the atmospheric pressure is just 1 kilopascal, or .001% 1% (thanks fr0zenra1n for the cluestick) of what it is at sea level. The helium gas inside the balloon expanded so much that the balloons burst open, and a parachute opened to protect the falling iPhone. The two used a custom app that transmitted GPS information to find the iPhone stuck in a tree, undamaged, just 30 miles away from where the balloon had lifted off "due to a rapid ascent and two differing wind patterns". The batteries died due to the extreme cold and the video cuts out just two minutes prior to landing.

    The Geissbuhlers are working on a how-to guide so that other parents and kids can try this for themselves. A link to the FAA regulations for weather balloons is also included on their site, to prevent would-be iPhonauts from creating hazards for aircraft.

    Source: iPhone Download Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone in Space! started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      EEEPiXX WIN
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      "iPhonauts" .... best made up word ever! #WIN
    1. suade8880's Avatar
      suade8880 -
      Wow, epic!
    1. TypeRBass's Avatar
      TypeRBass -
      that's pretty cool actually....did it say the iPhone actually recorded the video? Or just transmitted the GPS signal...
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Win!!!!!!
    1. PickNickeR's Avatar
      PickNickeR -
      That is so awesome!
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TypeRBass View Post
      that's pretty cool actually....did it say the iPhone actually recorded the video? Or just transmitted the GPS signal...
      From what the guy says in the video and the way it looks like it's made the iPhone was only there for GPS tracking, there was a separate camera that actually recorded the video. Pretty cool project either way though.
    1. woowoodengy's Avatar
      woowoodengy -
      awesome. congrats to the people responsible. this shows that where there is a will there is a way.

      come on pwnage tool lol =p
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      Ha awesome
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      this is pretty kick *** not sure i would have risked my phone like that but if i had a spare one heck yea
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      I want to talk about weather balloons

      That was a good idea with the hand warmers and insulation. Does anyone know if a Minnesota winter will do the same thing? I could blame the weather for the short battery life, or maybe the fact it is a couple of years old. Hope all iballoon-O-nauts remember NOT to mess with controlled airspace!
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      From what the guy says in the video and the way it looks like it's made the iPhone was only there for GPS tracking, there was a separate camera that actually recorded the video. Pretty cool project either way though.
      this is right, look at where the lens is and how the phone sits. I believe he used mobileme to track it once it was low enough to track since iphone GPS sucks at high altitudes.
    1. punklove's Avatar
      punklove -
      So freaking awesome! Woulda been just as awesome sans iPhone. Great work random brooklyn dood!
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      What a great story! That kid is off to a good start with a dad like that. Is there anything that can't be done with an iPhone, well, you know, other than flash.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by experimentvx View Post
      Sorry. This is my first time using the site and i don't know were i should go. Can you tell me?
      I am sorry. There is a section across the top that says search. Either enter in a few keywords OR goto the white tab that says forums, click, iPhone, click then search for what is needed. There is so much information here that it is amazing, and yes, I was a newbie once too. Just pay attention here and you will soon be helping people here too. Sorry about the flaming, but sometimes more experienced people try stuff like that. You see what happens. We take this place seriously!
    1. mirogster's Avatar
      mirogster -
      They're not first !
      Just google 'amateur near space program'.
      Just awesome hobby!
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Actually, I was at Space Mountain (in Orlando) 20 minutes ago. I think that counts.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by experimentvx View Post
      Hello guys. I know i am in the wrong section for this, but i have an iphone 4 and i was doing some stuff on it. It was netatalk stuff. And i was supposed to reboot afterwards. When i did, the phone was stuck on boot screen and won't boot up or shut off. I have quite a bunch of information on it and was wondering if there is anyway to fix it, with out restoring. If there is none, how do i restore do i have to turn it on and do it from boot screen or do it when it is off. I know how to restore from then. Please help.
      Google tinyumbrella and download it and then connect ur iPhone and after it detects it click "kick out of restore" and it should be fine!
    1. Gates_Bates's Avatar
      Gates_Bates -
      this is pretty awsome. i bet in about a week this phone will be for sale at like a million dollars..most expensive phone ever!
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      high enough to show the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space - that was shot from an iPhone 4
      so incorrect information as the iPhone was only there to act as a GPS transmitter.

      I guess people see iPhone 4 and automatically think its was the iPhone that done it lol