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Saturday 16 December 2017

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An Entire Family Goes to Space… Sort Of

With the help of a few friends, Finland‘s Tero Tahtinen filled a balloon with helium and attached a group photo and a GoPro camera. Then they launched the balloon named ‘Near Space Tuusula’ (after the astronaut’s hometown).

“Goal: Give my kids and my friends kids a lifetime memory and send them on a trip to space. The whole flight took 2 hours and 47 minutes. At altitude 28900 meters the balloon bursted. At ground level the diameter of the balloon was 2 meters and just before the burst it was 6 meters. We used three different GPS-locators, two with GPRS and one with satellite transmission, to track the the balloon. After the burst the parachute opened after few kilometers of free fall and took the packet safely to ground.

This is “Shorter Cut” and it is about 3 minutes long. If you want something longer, please check below. The “Director’s Cut” version http://youtu.be/ePD3YboByjU includes more information of the project including the equipment used, more views from different heights, superb sound track from Rationalizer and more video before the liftoff.

This was supposed to be christmas present for my godsons, but it was ready a bit late.”

More information and pictures can be found from project website: http://www.facebook.com/NearSpaceTuusula

Soundtrack from Rationalizer: https://soundcloud.com/rationalizer

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