A Teddy Bear attached to a high-altitude balloon and controlled by miniature computer Raspberry Pi managed to launch a teddy bear 39,000 meters into the stratosphere.
The Teddy Bear named Babbage has beaten world renowned Red Bull skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s skydiving world record. Using a high-altitude weather balloon and a Raspberry Pi computer the teddy was climbed to an estimated height of 39,000 Metres. (Felix’s was 38,969.3 Metres)
The jump was organised by David Akerman, a high-altitude balloonist and computer enthusiast who fitted the Teddy out with the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer which acted as a flight control centre for the soft toy
The Raspberry Pi computer transmitted the bear’s location back to Akerman whilst also at the same time filming pictures and videos from a camera fitted inside the Teddy Bears eye socket. The achievement was also live-streamed from both the launch site and a designated car set to hunt down the bear once it had fallen back to earth.
Babbage the Bear was put inside of a capsule and kitted out fully just as Felix Baumgartner was, put on him then was camera and then he was attached to a hydrogen-filled weather balloon and launched from a site near Mr Akerman’s home in Berkshire.
The take-off of Babbage the Bear took place at 12:25 on Sunday 26th 2013 with Babbage landing back on Earth at around 16:00. He was found an hour and a half later, having drifted several miles from the launch site. Baumgartner had a budget of around £30,000,000 for his jump where as Babbage the bear only had the best part of £300 for the jump.