Hello Kitty launched into space by 7th grader

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  1. sam1148 says:

    I’m pretty sure the 12yo was in the background for all this..”Here Dad, here’s a screw driver’. While Dad actually built planed and executed the entire thing.  I think the contribution for the project was “Hey, lets put hello kitty on it”. for the kid.

    EDIT: Okay from the video it does look she was actively involved. I posted to hasty. I’m overly cynical.

    • Fex says:

      Yeah, that looks the dad drilling holes in the body of the thing about four seconds into the video. And it looks like the dad filling up the balloon from the helium canister later on too.
      Did you watch any of this?

      Doubtless the dad who seems to mostly be doing the videoing also did a bunch of logistics and sourced the materials and so on. That’s called being a good dad. That doesn’t mean the kid didn’t participate in a meaningful, exciting way.

      Just because she’s doing more awesome stuff than you were doing at that age doesn’t give you the right to shit on it.

      On an unrelated note, I’ll give the pink nausea a pass THIS ONE TIME.

      Edit: I see you edited while I was posting this. Yeah, probably shouldn’t comment without watching the media, right?

      • a_m_l says:

        As a dad of two girls, yes the nauseous pink can be frustrating, but the trick is to use it to your advantage. Lego Mindstorms can be much more fun when they are combined with Belville sets. When building a rocket let them pick out the paint. You can do some marvelous things together if you let them show you what is important from their perspective.

  2. Roger Strong says:

    A little over 1/4 of the way to space, actually.

    • morcheeba says:

      Sure, if you measure by altitude and use the 100km definition.

      But, if you go by pressure… their pressure was 0.255 psi; ground level is 17.5. So, I’d say they made it 98.6% of the way to space.

      • EMComments says:

        Well done to Lauren (and her dad) but yeah, why let the facts get in the way of a good story. It’s only a science project after all. The reason they could use a balloon to get Kitty up there iss that it isn’t space.

        • morcheeba says:

          I’m not saying that the last 1.4% isn’t the hardest … kinda like eating the last chicken wing in a bucket of 100 :-)

  3. tempo says:

    Great video- I wonder how much it cost for all of the materials?

  4. Jake0748 says:

    Yeah. 17 miles is not “space”.  But close enough for a 12-year-old in my book. So what if dad helped? Cool dad.  The part where the balloon explodes is pretty freekin awesome. 

  5. winkybb says:

    4 GoPros! I’d want to make damn sure I could find the thing once it had landed.

    The bit where the balloon exploded was the best bit. 

    • grimc says:

      You mean the part where the balloon attempted to take the form of Cthulhu before it was rent asunder by the power of unspeakable evil?

    • Ray Perkins says:

      Pretty sure GoPro would have provided them for free. They’re very good at viral marketing.

      • winkybb says:

        They are that. But in this case they didn’t get good value then. You just got a glimpse of the housings. No logos, nor GoPros angled to shoot other GoPros like you often see. But we’re talking about it so, who knows? Maybe they did get VFM.

        GoPro is a classic “disruptive” product/technology. By having far fewer features than the competition, it meant Sony et. al. let them fly under the radar until it was too late. “No viewfinder? No zoom? No focus? No FX? No onboard editing? Who’d buy one? Don’t worry about them!”

  6. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    In space no one can hear Hello Kitty scream!

  7. Jay Converse says:

    The balloon did not burst.  It became Cthulhu.

    • Gulliver says:

      It was just a Hello Kitty Balloon. The contents of the toy have been taken to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for further study, but there is no evidence to indicate Elder origins or that it was the Great Old One.

  8. BenjaminBrown says:

    Yawn. Is this sort of thing still cool? Anyone with enough money, time, effort can do this. Its not at all that interesting, especially annoying when every few months/years we hash over the same send a balloon to near-space story like its the most awesome thing ever and that the people who did it are real geniuses. It isn’t, they aren’t.

  9. PathosBill says:

    Who will issue a takedown notice first, Hello Kitty’s keepers or Fun’s?

  10. robuluz says:

    Hello Kitty remains composed throughout the whole ordeal. Impressive.

  11. paul beard says:

    I had to mute the audio but thought this was the best of these I have seen, great video pre-flight and in flight.

  12. paul_leader says:

    I know lots of people have done this but this was actually one of the better filmed ones. I love the camera pointing up at the baloon when it bursts, that we really rather beautiful.

    And while I’m sure dad had a big hand in this, she doesn’t exactly look like she’s taking a back seat. If my kids are doing things like this at her age I think I’d count myself as a success as a dad.

  13. BijouxBoy says:

    Thank God that, so far, only one person has seen it fit to point out it is not actually in space, thereby bringing everyone else down with their overpowering knowledge. 

    Really cool project. Love the way that the objects land pretty much in the general locale where they launched from.Nice work, girl and dad.

    • Gulliver says:

      It’s all about that hotly contested Space Border, with occasional flare-ups between the Earthlings and the Space Race. Politics!

      “We’re with the Department of Homeland Security. Can we speak to you and your wife, sir? We have information that your daughter may be aiding Japanese agents in developing unauthorized space delivery capabilities. Don’t shoot the messenger, sir. We’re just keeping America safe from enemy plushies. Why do you hate America, sir?”

      “NASA here. Can we hire your daughter?”

  14. Eric Bolt says:

    Space is another 45 miles up.

  15. MarcVader says:

    That’s quite a nice planet you have there. It’d be a shame if something were to happen to it.

  16. Awesome!!! Especially loved how she had HK in a little silver rocket as opposed to just sitting there on a piece of styrofoam. The entire project had a very nice poetic feel to it, right down to her landing in the treetop. This feels like our eras “note in a bottle”.

  17.  For her next project she’ll send a monkey

  18. WinstonSmith2012 says:

    Daddy had the bucks to buy FOUR GoPro2 HD cameras and a kit for everything else.  The fact that she can properly assemble it all and successfully launch and recover it puts her well above many of her peers, but if she’d built the entire system from scratch using inexpensive components, I’d be much more impressed.

  19. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Can anyone confirm my suspicion that the reservoir at the end is Lexington Reservoir, right off Highway 17, south of Los Gatos?  That’s about the right distance from Antioch, CA, and the balloon has clearly drifted to the south bay.

  20. winkybb says:

    Hello Kittinger?

  21. BunnyShank says:

    Its a science project and a cartoon animation with a scenery better than any green screen could create, and its outstanding!

  22. Jeffrey Peltz says:

    Great video and project to do with a child.  Good work to father and daughter.

  23. Robert Cruickshank says:

    Not to detract from the awesomeness of her project, but given that she’s a student at a fundamentalist Christian school, she’s lucky that her talents are in aerospace, and not, say, evolutionary biology. 

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