In Brief

An amateur team builds a helium-filled balloon and launches it into space.

A father and son team has created a buzz around the web recently by making a homemade spacecraft and launching it into orbit. They equipped a helium-filled weather balloon with a HD video camera to film the treacherous ascent into the earth’s upper atmosphere. Luke Geissbuhler, who invented the spacecraft, tracked it with an on-board GPS and deployed a parachute to safely bring back the camera home.

Here’s a video clip from the amazing trip: Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

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