Saturday, October 9, 2010

Father and Son Film Outer Space, DIY Style

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Like many youngsters, and those young at heart, seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad dreamed of visiting space — and armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, in a way they did just that.

The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back some impressive amateur space footage.

The duo housed the video camera, iPhone, and GPS equipment in a specially designed insulated casing, along with some hand-warmers and a note from Max requesting its safe return from whomever may find it after making it back to solid ground. All told, father and son spent eight months preparing for their homemade journey into space, in hopes of filming “the blackness beyond our earth.”

Then, one day in August, Max, his father, and his friend Miles Horner headed out to a nearby park to see their dreams realized. After attaching their equipment to a 19-inch weather balloon and switching on the camera, they watched as their simple craft disappeared high into the sky.

After a little over an hour, the craft reached the stratosphere, 100 thousand feet overhead, and captured some incredible footage of space before the balloon popped and fell back towards earth. They found their spacecraft 25 miles away from where they had let it go — stuck up in a tree.


  1. Awesome. What are the odds that it would land within 25 miles. Even after an hour it would seem that with wind currents etc. it would have come down much further away.
    Another example of combining creativity and technology in interesting ways.

  2. Awsome video.

    It's amazing how well they planned this out. The video footage was amazing.