Using a giant balloon to send a video camera up to the edge of space to capture footage isn’t necessarily a unique thing anymore, but when a father and his seven year old son pull it off it really is something special!
Luke Geissbuhler, a cinematographer from Brooklyn and his son, Max, spent 8 months experimenting and testing with their balloon, a HD video-camera and an iPhone! Setting off from Newburgh, N.Y., U.S.A, they managed to send their balloon and video camera 19 miles high (100,000-foot level or 30.5 kilometres). The balloon reached the edge of space, at which point you can see the curving earth and the glow of the atmosphere!
After 70 minutes, the balloon burst and sent the iPhone and video-camera hurtling back to earth! Luckily, it was equipped with a parachute and cushioned with foam to ease its descent back to ground. And even more lucky was the iPhone’s GPS capability which enabled the Geissbuhlers to track their Space Balloon and retrieve the video footage!
The footage the Geissbuhler’s managed to record is fantastic! For more information, take a look at the Geissbuhler’s website.