Toy Train in Space
So Ron Fugelseth decided it would be cool to send his son's toy train into space. Turns out, it was.
So Ron Fugelseth decided it would be cool to send his son’s toy train into space. Turns out, it was.
Here’s his description:
On Aug 24th 2012 we sent my son’s favorite train “Stanley” to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and we got some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing.
And a response to those concerned about safety:
First off, I called the FAA 15 minutes before launch (per their instructions) so they could make sure no planes fly into the flight path. I read and followed all their rules for weather balloon launches. It had a homemade radar reflector, and a 3 foot parachute.
Second, the box was only 2 pounds and made of foam core, with a wooden dowel to hold Stanley in front of the camera. I spent two months monitoring the winds with this website http://weather.uwyo.edu/polar/balloon_traj.html to pinpoint the general area that he would land. For safely, I launched him from a location that I knew would bring him down into farm land. The prediction website was only 5-10 miles off, so he landed safely in a corn field, far away from any towns.
I didn’t want Stanley to be a murderer. Plus I wanted to make sure my son got Stanley back. 🙂
Via Joshua Foust, who sees it as “conclusive evidence that you are an inadequate parent.”