Balloon Flight Into Near Space

In June, a group of San Francisco-based designers and engineers launched a balloon into near space, capturing the flight with two cameras that went along for the ride. Two hours into the flight, and at 80,000 feet of altitude, the balloon gives up the ghost and comes crashing back down to Earth. It all happens around the 2:20 mark of the video, and the images are … um … out of this world. Amazingly, all of the equipment onboard survives the fall – cameras and all – thanks to the parachute.

This was actually the second balloon launch undertaken by this group. You can see images from their first launch here. Next time, they’re hoping to reach above 100,000 feet. And, yes, it’s finally worth noting that they contacted the FAA before letting these balloons take flight.

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