Video From A Homemade Spacecraft

Did you know that it was this cheap and easy to build and launch your own spacecraft? One New York resident went ahead and did it. Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space.

34 Comments on "Video From A Homemade Spacecraft"

  1. TheInCircuit | Oct 1, 2010 at 5:00 am |

    Technically it never actually reached space…

    Space starts at about 62 miles from the surface and this thing only made it to 18.9 miles…

  2. TheInCircuit | Oct 1, 2010 at 1:00 am |

    Technically it never actually reached space…

    Space starts at about 62 miles from the surface and this thing only made it to 18.9 miles…

  3. You should be so proud. What a great thing to do with your boys.

  4. You should be so proud. What a great thing to do with your boys.

  5. Languageexpressions | Oct 1, 2010 at 7:34 am |

    Truly Excellent!!! What a fun and educational project to research and execute so nicely with your son.
    I’m inspired! Will see if I can match your accomplishment in the future.

  6. Languageexpressions | Oct 1, 2010 at 3:34 am |

    Truly Excellent!!! What a fun and educational project to research and execute so nicely with your son.
    I’m inspired! Will see if I can match your accomplishment in the future.

  7. Nick AMIMechE | Oct 1, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    Brilliant stuff, taking after the guy who did it in England last year i guess? I might give it a go myself!

  8. Nick AMIMechE | Oct 1, 2010 at 6:57 am |

    Brilliant stuff, taking after the guy who did it in England last year i guess? I might give it a go myself!

  9. WOW that was totaly amazing!

  10. WOW that was totaly amazing!

  11. gemmarama | Oct 1, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    what a dad.

  12. gemmarama | Oct 1, 2010 at 7:20 am |

    what a dad.

  13. Those kids are gonna be the first men on Mars

  14. Those kids are gonna be the first men on Mars

  15. 19 miles isn’t space yet. Just stratosphere, but impressive anyway.

  16. 19 miles isn’t space yet. Just stratosphere, but impressive anyway.

  17. Just amazing that one small family can reach out and poke a little curious finger into the depths of space!

  18. Just amazing that one small family can reach out and poke a little curious finger into the depths of space!

  19. Andfranklin | Oct 2, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    I wonder, If you strapped several partially inflated weather balloons accompanying the normally inflated one would it continue to rise after the primary ballon burst? Does anyone know?

  20. Andfranklin | Oct 2, 2010 at 7:42 am |

    I wonder, If you strapped several partially inflated weather balloons accompanying the normally inflated one would it continue to rise after the primary ballon burst? Does anyone know?

  21. Clausrr1 | Oct 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    Actaully a group of high schoolers from
    Spain did this too, and much more professionally, recording athmospheric data, a much better balloon and a much better isolation. You are not so great.

  22. Clausrr1 | Oct 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    Actaully a group of high schoolers from
    Spain did this too, and much more professionally, recording athmospheric data, a much better balloon and a much better isolation. You are not so great.

    • You know, who really cares if the balloon only made in 19 miles up, the fact of the matter is this guy is getting his kids involved in something interesting, something they may want to pursue in the future. Get a life and actually go outside for a bit instead of sitting on your ass telling others what they could’ve done better.

  23. You know, who really cares if the balloon only made in 19 miles up, the fact of the matter is this guy is getting his kids involved in something interesting, something they may want to pursue in the future. Get a life and actually go outside for a bit instead of sitting on your ass telling others what they could’ve done better.

  24. This is fantastic. Great learning project. Coolest thing a dad can do with his son. Congratulations on so many levels.

  25. This is fantastic. Great learning project. Coolest thing a dad can do with his son. Congratulations on so many levels.

  26. Why is it that the curvature of the Earth and sky invert when the camera is upside down? Shouldnt it stay the same if it is real or was it created with a lens?

    Also, could this have damaged aircraft on its way up and/or possibly hurt someone if it landed on them?

  27. Why is it that the curvature of the Earth and sky invert when the camera is upside down? Shouldnt it stay the same if it is real or was it created with a lens?

    Also, could this have damaged aircraft on its way up and/or possibly hurt someone if it landed on them?

  28. Anonymous | Oct 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    I would build one of these in a heartbeat if it was not for the fact it would land in North Korea and start WWIII. Maybe when I get back to Arizona.
    Amazing!

  29. releasethedogs | Oct 7, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    I would build one of these in a heartbeat if it was not for the fact it would land in North Korea and start WWIII. Maybe when I get back to Arizona.
    Amazing!

  30. Anonymous | Oct 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm |

    Super Awesome!!!
    Good going Dad!
    If more Fathers were like this with their kids the world would be a much better place!

  31. manitoidman | Oct 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm |

    Super Awesome!!!
    Good going Dad!
    If more Fathers were like this with their kids the world would be a much better place!

  32. Phillip McKenzie | Oct 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    AWESOME!!!

  33. Phillip McKenzie | Oct 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    AWESOME!!!

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