Posted Jul 11th 2012 5:15PM
Kevin Mackie and a group of Engineers/Designers from San Francisco decided to launch a balloon into the sky outfitted with a couple of GoPro HD Heros cameras as an experiment. The idea was to hit an altitude of 80,000 feet, then have it fall back to Earth and see what happened (if the cameras could indeed survive).
Watch as the balloon soars into space and then begins to fall back to earth via a deployed parachute, reaching a peak speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). The cameras and tracking hardware were placed inside of a disposable styrofoam cooler to provide thermal protection and a softer landing.
Upon impact in Crows Landing (112 km from the original launch site) the cooler showed no real signs of damage and the GoPro cameras kept on rolling and continued to record for another 2-3 hours, until their batteries died. This amazing experiment truly showcases the versatile GoPro HD Hero's design, durability and overall video quality in any situation.
The group is planning another launch soon, with goals to exceed 100,000 feet in altitude and we look forward to seeing it soon!
Click here to watch the amazing video... captured in stunning HD of course!
News Source: Vimeo