Father & Son Sends Thomas The Train Into Space!

by on September 27, 2012

in bruce's thoughts

This is pretty cool YouTube video where a father and his son put together a mini space missions and send the kid’s toy train into space. But with a little ingenuity, they not only recorded the trip, but were able to recover the data and share it with us!

The video was a five month project where dad not only filmed the trip, but did some awesome post-processing of the trip.

Oh, and it all survived the crash down!

Toy Train Into Space Video (Don’t worry, it’s a happy ending):


Quote from The Video Comment:

“On Aug 24th 2012 we sent my son’s favorite train “Stanley” to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and we got some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing.
PLEASE read below, it answers most questions I get emailed.

My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He’s been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley’s face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him.

Here’s the first video I made of my son and Stanley when he was 2 years old, documenting the beginning of their friendship. I shot it over 5 months: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_1lnkUPUkI

To contact me:
My Twitter: @RonFugelseth

Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/AToyTrainInSpace


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