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With the Space Shuttles flying into storage aboard their 272 piggybacks, it’s surprising to see a new dawn in space exploration, and not from that Brittish virgin with stunningly awesome hair.

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. [RonIsNeat on YouTube]

Stanley’s adventure hopefully is part of a new DIY Space Race with home made, heck, let’s say Bespoke Spacecraft! Check out this iPhone space flight from 2010.

-Mike

Bespoke Spacecraft for Stanley The Train
Bespoke Spacecraft for Stanley The Train

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  • Mike,

    This has to be one of the most awesome things I have watched in awhile for what a dad does for his son! I would love to do something like that! Sending a favorite toy into space and then GPS tracking it and to video it! I wonder if i can send my son’s favorite toy to the bottom of the ocean with a camera? Oh wait, I live in the middle of the country so I would have to settle for the bottom of a lake….I might have to look into this! thanks for posting it. It is a inspiring thing he did for his son!

    Aaron