Teenager launches Lego Space Shuttle into stratosphere

Oaida Raul, a teenager from Romania, launched a Lego Space Shuttle into the stratosphere by tethering it to a high-altitude balloon, along with a camera that shot gorgeous footage of the ascent. He had to go to Germany to launch the vehicle (to deke out Romania's strict launch rules), and pulled it off beautifully.

1600g Weather Ballon
Rocketmodel parachute - slowing things down on the descent
Spot GPS - for recovery
GoPro Hero - video camera
Kodak Zx1 - video camera which took shit images I couldn't even use
New Trent - external battery for the GoPro (broke down before leaving for Germany)
Handwarmers - keepin' it warm at -50 Celsius
40mm Sytrofoam - building the box
Fishingwire - attached the shuttle by 5 wires
LED Beacon - in case of night recovery
Balsa wood - made the camera arm from it to obtain that filming angle. And of course: Lego Shuttle model 3367

Micro Blade Jets (Thanks, Zard!)


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      2nd song: Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra” :)

      1. I did.  Then I watched the whole video.  Then I thought of something clever and funny to write as a comment.  Then I replied to a troll.  What can I say?  It’s been a busy Wednesday!

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  1. “…deke out Romania’s strict launch rules…”

    You can take the boy out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of the boy.

  2. Don’t fret, there’s still a video yet to be done with #10213, the current, bigger, and nicer-looking version of the shuttle.  Or really class things up with #7470 aka Discovery STS-31.  http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7470-1

    The above being said… pretty good video from an obviously determined and creative person.

    1. Lego should give this young man the Discovery STS-31 so he can have a second go at it. He could be the first person to use a Lego model to launch a small working satellite made of Legos…

  3. Is this how the Romans or Greeks felt after their civilizations had fallen but some of their books and accomplishments continued to inspire others long after they themselves had lost the will or ability to strive for greatness?  A toy space shuttle…better than what we can launch these days.

  4. we now need to figure out what size of helium balloon is needed to get real spaceships up to the same altitude. This could be an exciting alternative to space lifts not to speak of rockets.  If it works, this is going to be a quantum leap for space traveling 

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