In Arizona, a group of friends launched a near-space balloon to a height of about 10 miles. A hiker in Arizona stumbled upon the lost footage two years later.
Video footage shot with weather balloons and Go Pro cameras is breathtaking. Weather balloons tethered to high-definition cameras and sent to the edge of space are becoming more popular every day.
Stanford University students attached a camera to a weather balloon and sent it into space a few years ago. It was planned to safely descend back to Earth after floating 19 miles above the surface of the Earth.
The students attached a cell phone to the weather balloon, which broadcast a signal when it landed on Earth, making it possible to find it once it landed.
Their plan was to use the signal to find the camera and check out the amazing footage the camera had captured.
Although it parachuted back to Earth, the camera and phone never called home, leading the students to speculate that the phone had been programmed incorrectly or the balloon’s trajectory had been miscalculated.
Consequently, the students were left without a program and had forgotten about the super-cool project that didn’t go well.
However, a hiker later found the parachuted phone and camera and trailed them back to their owners using the memory card.
The video footage was still intact to everyone’s surprise.
To the surprise of many, the phone was not destroyed but lacked a signal because it was found in a remote part of a desert without phone service. Thus, what was originally thought to be a failure ended up being breathtaking footage of the Grand Canyon from space.
This is one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen from the Grand Canyon.
It was really worth the wait, and the pictures and video obtained by the camera were of the highest quality. The purpose of weather balloons is to survive high-altitude conditions, floating above Earth.
In order to reach its highest point, the weather balloon took about 90 minutes. After it reached its highest point, the balloon exploded and the camera began its journey back to Earth.
Following a long fall of around thirty minutes, the GoPro camera and the mobile phone, which were not destroyed, landed in a remote area where they were eventually found two years later.
Bryan Chan, one of the students who participated in the project, uploaded the following video to YouTube: