Felix Baumgartner wowed the earth and space when he skydived from the edge of space to earth. Now his world record has been broken – by a teddy bear.
High altitude balloonist and teddy-owner, David Akerman loaded Babbage the bear into a weather balloon filled with hydrogen at the launch site in Berkshire, England, last Saturday.
A Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer acted as the bear’s flight control centre and took Babbage 39,000 metres through the air - 31 metres higher than Baungartner’s 2012 record.
The launch capsule had been connected to an over-the-shoulder camera, similar Baumgarten, which allowed Mr Akerman – and the world - to see Babbage’s fall from the balloon, while a second camera in the bear’s eye socket send video and photo of the fall back to earth.