Not the direction I usually want to launch my phone!

This is definitely for your Just Too Cool file.

From cultofmac comes this great story:

Father and Son Launch iPhone, HD Video Camera into Space

By Adam Rosen (4:00 am, Oct. 12, 2010)

Taking their iPhone Where No iDevice Has Gone Before, a father and son in Newburgh, NY recently took a weekend science project to new heights.  Luke and Max Geissbuhler attached an HD Video Camera, iPhone and some styrofoam packing to a weather balloon, then launched their homemade satellite on a journey that lasted 72 minutes and climbed over 100,000 feet into the atmosphere!

The resulting footage is stunning, and has been described as some of the best amateur space footage ever.  The weather balloon burst after reaching about 19 miles high, then plummeted back to Earth by parachute and landed in a tree.  The iPhone’s on-board GPS helped located the equipment once it landed, undamaged and only 30 miles away from the launch site!

More photos from this amazing feat are available on the Brooklyn Space Program website.


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  1. Charivari Rob says:

    That is just too cool!

    “Brooklyn Space Program” – love it!

  2. poohbear says:

    How cool is that!

    And, that’s my home town (left many years ago, but still…)

  3. Andrew says:

    What a great way to bond with your kids too. They will not forget this as long as they live.

  4. traditionalorganist says:

    Talk about American ingenuity. A Father and Son can get a craft into space on a very small budget. NASA should hire them!

  5. ipadre says:

    That is sooooo cool! I wonder if the Air Force or aviation towers. Really smart use of modern technology. Fun and learning all in an iPhone.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful footage !

  7. RVisotski says:

    This is a great story that reminds me of “October Sky” I linked to this column on my blog,

  8. Fr Matthew says:

    Wow. Just fantastic! And to think, they launched from somewhere just a few miles from me. Wish I could’ve been there to take photos of the takeoff.

  9. irishgirl says:

    This IS too cool!
    Yes, traditionalorganist-NASA ‘should hire these guys’!
    I felt a little giddy watching the descent, though; too much like being in an airplane with a lot of turbulence.

  10. Carolina Geo says:

    Whoa…my coolness-meter just exploded!!! “Awesome” doesn’t even begin to describe what they did!

  11. Sliwka says:

    I love your aerospace posts Father.

    If I end up teaching Grade 6 science (Sky Science Unit), I will definitely keep searching your blog for more awesome things like this

  12. Thomas S says:

    That. Was. Awesome.

    My fear of heights actually caused me a twinge of anxiety watching that video. Just imagine how far that little “spacecraft” went up.

    I assume it couldn’t reach space itself, so what level of atmosphere/stratosphere was that?

  13. Ben Yanke says:


  14. ejcmartin says:

    Now that was cool. I told my eight year-old about it and guess what he would like to do? We have a Wolf Cub space night coming up. Anyone know where I can get weather balloon cheap?

  15. RichR says:

    Does the Apple Care Protection Plan have an exception clause for exposure to Outer Space?

  16. frjim4321 says:

    Absolutely fantastic. At first I was worried about the various FAA and other regulations that could have been broken by this feat, but read elsewhere that the father had investigated that and had all of the necessary waivers. What a tremendous experience for father and son. How could anyone top that?
    (I wonder what the radar operators at NORAD were thinking!)

  17. Hugh says:

    Is this what Our Lord saw on Ascension Thursday?

  18. Geremia says:

    Was this a homeschool project?

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