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    [ame]http://vimeo.com/15091562[/ame]


    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. Kumputer's Avatar
      Kumputer -
      Freaking awesome, although a bit of a shame that we couldn't see the landing. I encourage these people to try it again
    1. mirogster's Avatar
      mirogster -
      So far it's not stated on their website if iPhone was filming actually.
      But for sure, from the film, it's clear that it was acting like gps transm.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gates_Bates View Post
      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!
      I dunno. probly bricked. watch how many iphones turn up with that story.
      broken iphone, only good for parts and bragging rights.
      What i find amazing is that the camera made it. The iphone was the GPS puck to find the thing. He could have used "where is my iphone" from cydia and probly had the same results.
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Crazy video... Good way to put the iPhone to use.

      But the video wasn't shot from the iPhone in the video the guy clearly says there's a camera inside and the iPhone he'll be placing inside to track it. Not to record to whole trip.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Haha I'm surprised it didn't break when it landed!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      wow, that's awesome
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Actually the coolest thing ive ever seen... props to those guys, and girls behind the scene.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      I betcha that ol Steve-O is LOVIN this one.
    1. zphone's Avatar
      zphone -
      He has a video camera installed and the iphone was used to track the box's location (via mobile me or some other app) when it came down from space.
    1. Christian Bale's Avatar
      Christian Bale -
      omfg thats cool
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      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.
      exactly what i was about to say,please don't stretch the truth
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      So let me get this straight. A kid sends an iPhone into space (whatever your definition of space is, if you can see the curve of the Earth, you are in space in my book). He uses it to transmit (GPS) information. The balloon breaks some 100,000+ feet up, more than 19 miles (!) and an emergency parachute sends it screaming back to Earth at 150 mph. The battery in a separate camera dies from the cold, but the iPhone 4 continues to send GPS info back to the kid AFTER IT LANDS IN A TREE!!!! From 19+ miles UP! At 150 MPH!

      So, no death grip issue? No problem with the proximity sensor? No buildup of dust that breaks the back of the case?

      Are we SURE this was an iPhone 4? They don't work, you know. Everyone says so. Even a much-vaunted consumer testing group says so.

      Maybe it was a better phone that LOOKS like an iPhone but that, you know, WORKS.

      We need to look into this. It's probably a trick of some kind. An investigation is called for. People need to post saying it can't be, iPhone 4s don't work.

      It was probably a Droid. Yeah, that's what it was. A Droid. 'Cause, you know, iPhone 4s don't work.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Hope it makes YouTube so I can MX it for easy access. Anyway, nice!! I always wondered what it looked like in-between low and high clouds. Lol, I like how the little kid just keeps eating his candy and says "yup" without even checking anything.
    1. JayQuint87's Avatar
      JayQuint87 -
      that was awesome
    1. andyharp's Avatar
      andyharp -
      I never did see any mention on the app used to report GPS location.
      Anyone know?
      And most importantly was the iphone jailbroken?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Pretty cool. He should have used an otterbox. Perhaps he could have recieved a little $ from them for that. Would be a pretty cool add for any iPhone protector.

      Hey otter if your reading. I'll launch my iPhone from my kids rocket if you pay... Lol. No seriously I will. ;-)
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      "The two used a custom app that transmitted GPS information"
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      So let me get this straight. A kid sends an iPhone into space (whatever your definition of space is, if you can see the curve of the Earth, you are in space in my book). He uses it to transmit (GPS) information. The balloon breaks some 100,000+ feet up, more than 19 miles (!) and an emergency parachute sends it screaming back to Earth at 150 mph. The battery in a separate camera dies from the cold, but the iPhone 4 continues to send GPS info back to the kid AFTER IT LANDS IN A TREE!!!! From 19+ miles UP! At 150 MPH!

      So, no death grip issue? No problem with the proximity sensor? No buildup of dust that breaks the back of the case?

      Are we SURE this was an iPhone 4? They don't work, you know. Everyone says so. Even a much-vaunted consumer testing group says so.

      Maybe it was a better phone that LOOKS like an iPhone but that, you know, WORKS.

      We need to look into this. It's probably a trick of some kind. An investigation is called for. People need to post saying it can't be, iPhone 4s don't work.

      It was probably a Droid. Yeah, that's what it was. A Droid. 'Cause, you know, iPhone 4s don't work.
      At first I was like...what a hater... Then I read it again. LMAO. GREAT POST!!!! Expecially the pick at the all popular consumer report on the death grip crying. Thanks great laugh as we read these articles waiting for the news of. "pwnagetool is now released".
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      So let me get this straight. A kid sends an iPhone into space (whatever your definition of space is, if you can see the curve of the Earth, you are in space in my book). He uses it to transmit (GPS) information. The balloon breaks some 100,000+ feet up, more than 19 miles (!) and an emergency parachute sends it screaming back to Earth at 150 mph. The battery in a separate camera dies from the cold, but the iPhone 4 continues to send GPS info back to the kid AFTER IT LANDS IN A TREE!!!! From 19+ miles UP! At 150 MPH!

      So, no death grip issue? No problem with the proximity sensor? No buildup of dust that breaks the back of the case?

      Are we SURE this was an iPhone 4? They don't work, you know. Everyone says so. Even a much-vaunted consumer testing group says so.

      Maybe it was a better phone that LOOKS like an iPhone but that, you know, WORKS.

      We need to look into this. It's probably a trick of some kind. An investigation is called for. People need to post saying it can't be, iPhone 4s don't work.

      It was probably a Droid. Yeah, that's what it was. A Droid. 'Cause, you know, iPhone 4s don't work.
      Unless my eyes mistake me, you can see at the beginning of the video that its not an iPhone 4. Most likely a 3GS. /derail