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Olympic 2012 Lego Man carries flame skyward

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Published on Aug 12, 2012

On 9/8/12 three aerospace engineers thought it would be interesting to take an Olympic Lego Man carrying an Olympic Torch and send it to the outer atmosphere...this is what happened!

The tech stuff:

We used a 1000g Weather Balloon, complete with parachute and 'payload' (big polysterene box) containing a Canon camera programmed to record pictures every 10 seconds and a High Definition Video Camera used to film the lego man here).

The balloon was filled with Helium, let go where it would start its journey upwards into the unknown. It would eventually burst, freefall back to earth until there was enough air for the parachute to deploy and land safely back at earth.

Also in the box were 2 mobile phones that had GPS (an Android phone and an old Blackberry). We could send them a text and the phones would text back their location!

All this would'nt be complete without approval from the Civil Aviation Authority who granted us permission to launch in Tewkesbury to ensure it wasnt a risk to passing airplanes.

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