Brooklyn father and son send balloon, iPhone into space

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Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Where science, motion sickness and outer space meet, you'll find Luke Geissbuhler and his 7-year-old son Max. That's the father-son duo that took a fast food container, iPhone, small HD camera and a balloon and made their way, figuratively, into the stratosphere.

They used the iPhone for its GPS capability to track their experimental craft after it's rapid plunge back to Earth. And a Go Hero mountable HD camera that anyone can get for a couple hundred bucks to film the often rocky ride - upper atmosphere winds blast the craft around in upwards of 100 mph. But really, simple ingenuity is all that the project really cost.

At the apex of its launch, the craft got to 100,000 feet, or 19 miles, and as the balloon pops, hangs weightless for just a moment before beginning the 150-mph plunge, slowed to 15 mph by a special parachute the Geissbuhlers built. Amazingly, the craft landed less than 30 miles away from the launch site. And while cold finally took its toll on the camera batteries, they did capture 90 minutes - edited in this clip, but you can buy the whole voyage here - of space flight.

For less than $1,000. Are you listening NASA?

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