In August of this year, Luke Geissbuhler treated his boys to a homemade experiment to see what the world looks like from outer space. The experiment is a large balloon, an HD camera, an iPhone for GPS location upon re-entry, some foam for protection, handwarmers to keep the electronics from locking up as the temperatures drop in the upper layers of the atmosphere, and a parachute to hopefully get the thing safely back to the surface of the planet.
Awesomest dad ever.
It is actually possible for a typical citizen to send something to the edges of our atmosphere, if not further.
From watching this, I get the impression the only reasons they didn’t send something into orbit were legal and technological technicalities. Geissbuhler clearly has done some homework. That’s pretty mind-blowing, to realize that with a single visit to Best Buy and some ingenuity … You’re a mini-NASA.
If you read the comments on the video, Mr. Geissbuhler clearly understands the ramifications of what he’s done, and how to do it responsibly. Interesting stuff!