The robot and rig reached a height of over 95,000 feet (around 30,000 metres) above earth to film the blackness of space and the curvature of the earth, before the pressure popped the weather balloon and a parachute carried it back down to earth. We then found the robot and camera in a field 11 miles away using a mini GPS tracker.
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The 2 and a half hour flight was filmed on a GoPro HD Hero camera.
From the blog of Project Edger
On Sunday we were finally able to launch! The weather sorted itself out, it was a calm dry day, and perfect conditions for space exploration. Me and producer Harry got the go ahead for a possible launch 6pm on Saturday night, so we raced up to Buckinghamshire from Bournemouth to build the rocket and make all the final preparations for launch.
Sunday morning I woke up with less than an hours sleep, due to all the prep I had to do the night before. Me and Harry then drove to a farm in Cambridge which was to be our launch site. We met Steve Randall (near-space ballooning veteran) at 10am, and me and Harry filmed the lead-up to Edgar’s take-off.
At about 11.30am, we did a final weather check and prepared for launch. Steve and Harry filled the balloon with helium and attached the parachute, while I worked on preparing the camera, GPS device, phone and payload for launch.
We launched at around 12.20pm, and watched the balloon and Edgar fly up through the clouds. We then drove off to our proposed landing site in Potton and waited for the estimated 2hr25mins flight time we had calculated.
Two and a half hours later, no sign of the balloon. The GPS device wasn’t sending any position information back to us, and the back-up phone wasn't receiving calls. Then suddenly, 10 minutes later, the GPS unit started receiving calls and sending us back it’s position via text message. We raced to the site where it said it was, a small residential area a 20-minute drive back towards the launch site. When we got there, there was no sign of the balloon, and then the GPS started sending back different coordinates right next to Potton, 11 miles away from the launch site and at the exact patch of fields we had predicted Edgar to land in when we predicted it the night before.
Once we arrived at the landing site, Edgar was no where to be seen. The GPS unit was not sending back any new co-ordinates, and the ones we received 30 minutes ago moved around a few different fields. It got dark quite quickly, and after reviewing the coordinates on Steve’s laptop, we decided to check another field around the corner. After 10 minutes of looking, I finally spotted a small red light in the distance. It was the LED I had stuck on the top of the payload! We rushed over and found Edgar in his rocket, some snapped wood, the payload with camera perfectly intact, a deployed parachute and a popped balloon!
We opened the payload, took the footage back to the car and watched the footage. It was exactly how we hoped! I have spent the day today editing the space footage into the video with Matt the editor, and I am now sat in the edit suite burning the finished vid to DVD!