Raul Oaida created this LEGO tribute to the end of the space shuttle era. He explains:
The launch took place from central Germany (easy flight clearance) and reached a max altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367.
We launched it on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a remote area.
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.