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    Family sends balloon into space

    My inner-nerd thinks this is pretty cool. Best part is that it's just something a dad did for fun with his kids.

    The video is somewhat nauseating, especially on the descent.

    Family Science Project Sends Video Camera to the Edges of Space



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    I'm starting mine tonight. That's cool.



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Video is blocked at work. How safe is this to have the camera freefall back to earth.



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Awesome video... neat project.

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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Didn't someone do this a few years ago? I could swear I remember a video where someone put a video camera on a ballon and sent it up until the ballon burst.


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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    that is really cool.



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    That is awesome! Is that legal? Would you have to get clearance from air traffic controllers? What if an aircraft hit this in air (odds against it but if it happened??)?



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Did they make sure there wasn't a child in it?



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Crazy how it lands only about 30 miles away from launch point!


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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    Didn't someone do this a few years ago? I could swear I remember a video where someone put a video camera on a ballon and sent it up until the ballon burst.
    Yeah, it's been done several times before. And I'm super impressed with each one, it never gets old.



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    They didn't claim that their kid was in it did they? Then call all the emergency groups only to later tell everyone it was a hoax...



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Did they make sure there wasn't a child in it?

    That was my first question!


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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    That is awesome! Is that legal? Would you have to get clearance from air traffic controllers? What if an aircraft hit this in air (odds against it but if it happened??)?
    Relevant FAA regs (there could be more): Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: (FAA Part 101, Section D)

    It seems as if the regulations are concerned about low-altitude (relatively) operation since that's where it could interfere with aircraft.



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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    It's been done before. There was a group of MIT students, I think, who sent up a high-altitude balloon for a few hundred bucks. I know of at least two cases.

    Still, that doesn't make this story any less cool.

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    Re: Family sends balloon into space

    Flagguy - how much would this cost NASA to do?


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