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October 18, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Innovative Family Gets a View From “Up There”

Hundreds of thousands of weather balloons have been launched over the last two centuries but a crafty professional director of photography recently applied his skill so that we could all see just what goes on up there.  Taking advantage of increased technological miniaturization, some tough but light insulation packaging and ever lower hardware costs, New Yorker Luke Geissbuhler and his kids recently sent a video camera to the edge of space . . . and then utilized now-ubiquitous consumer-grade GPS technology to recover the camera after it came down.  Take a look at the 6 1/2- minute video.

The most valuable content in any blog – regardless of the topic – usually derives from original ideas, thoughts, concepts or inventions.  I can’t take credit for what I’m sharing today but I’d be remiss if I kept it to myself.  Achieving this feat would have been impossible just a few years ago and the Geissbuhler family deserves recognition for taking a wild idea, successfully seeing it through completion and then sharing the outcome with us all.  Similar projects have been done in the last year but we admire the pluck of the Geissbuhlers for making this a fun family project that was achieved on an economy budget . . . and with a lot of fun.

You can read more about the origin of weather balloons here.

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