Landon McCoy: We Sent a GoPro to SPACE! | Full Footage


Published on: Monday, May 14, 2018

We Sent a GoPro to SPACE! | Full Footage


Wanna learn how to launch your own weather balloon? Check out my "how to" video here!:

HOW TO: Send a GoPro to Space!

After a year of planning, designing, and preparation, we, the Engineering Club at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, FL, have FINALLY released our high-altitude weather balloon! It traveled a total of 90,000ft (~28,000m) into the atmosphere, capturing stunning views of near-space with the on-board GoPro. With the help of a Spot Gen3 GPS tracker included in our payload, we found it in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, FL--a full 100 miles (160km) from Gulf Coast State College where we launched it from!

So many people contributed their time to making this launch possible, so we want to thank all the groups and people involved below:
-The Rangers out at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (without them, we would have never gotten this footage that you're seeing now!)
-Gulf Coast State College (especially Tony, Alan, and Brandon!)
-The entire AHS Engineering Club
-Joseph Bell (Engineering and Math teacher as well as head of the Engineering Club!)

Below are notable times throughout the video:
- 0:00:00 (Launch, obviously :D)
- 1:50:00 (Panama City Beach, FL)
- 1:50:34 (St. Marks Wildlife Refuge + more)
- 1:50:58 (Landmarks in GA, AL, and FL)
- 1:55:45 (Balloon bursting point)
- 2:34:00 (Landing)

We are planning on creating a full video outlining the design process, set up, launch, and retrieval of the balloon as well (that isn't 2 1/2 hours long), so stay tuned for that! If you liked this video, make sure you hit that "like" button and subscribe for more!


1) Due to the influx of comments asking about the fisheye lens or flat Earth, I will address that here. Yes, we know we used a fisheye lens instead of a regular one, but we were not concerned with proving that the Earth isn't flat. We just wanted a very wide view from 90,000ft, and figured fisheye was the best lens to go with considering we had never done anything like this before and already know that the Earth obviously isn't flat (but we'll leave that debate in the comments). Side note: we actually planned on having two GoPros capture footage, one with a standard lens on one side and another with wide angle turned on on the other side. Because we had never done this before we accidentally let some of our helium leak out of the canister while inflating, so we prematurely ran out of helium before hitting our target lift. In order to compensate, we had to reduce the weight, removing one GoPro (the regular lens bc that GoPro was heavier), and the 3D printed Tesla Roadster that we were going to send up as well. Even with these setbacks and kinks we still considered this launch very successful since we were able to accurately predict where it would land, got good footage back, hit our target altitude, and had a lot of fun in the process!

2) I will also address the "smudge" on the camera lens. Although it appears as though someone got fingerprints on the camera lens and we just let that slide after a year of planning, that's completely incorrect. After getting everything set up and ready for launch, the box tipped over due to heavy wind and the camera lens hit the concrete, permanently scratching it. We knew the lens was scratched before launch but we didn't have time to find a new camera and replace it, due to custom 3D printed mounts that we had designed and printed specifically to the dimensions of each camera. However, the smudge really isn't that bad and we are still extraordinarily happy with the footage!

3) Yes, we know that 90,000ft (about 28km) technically isn't space. The Karman line (most agreed upon line for space) technically starts at 100km up, but the line where space starts doesn't have an official recognized starting point anyway, since technically Earth's atmosphere extends for thousands of miles into space. Disregarding the Karman line, our balloon still reached an altitude that was above 99 percent of Earth's atmosphere, at a temperature of -77°F and a pressure so low your blood would begin to boil at body temperature, so we consider it close enough to space for our concerns 😉.


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  • duu mongvan

    duu mongvan

     1 hours ago

    Camera 360° will be better. And i want to know how far the camera you get back from your home in google maps

  • CrazyHQ


     2 hours ago

    I am not a flat earther but not using a fish eye would be nice.

  • Adnan Farooqui

    Adnan Farooqui

     10 hours ago

    The Rocket technology and fire thrust to lift Rocket
    Dictated by Quran 1500 years back.
    And God addressing / advising human nations.
    يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَن تَنفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ فَانفُذُوا ۚ لَا تَنفُذُونَ إِلَّا بِسُلْطَانٍ ﴿٣٣﴾
    Oh! Nation of Jinn and humans, if you have the technology/power/capacity with which you can escape/travel out of gravity of earth and skies, then travel/escape.
    But you can't do it, but/except, by huge power/force (rocket power).
    فَبِأَيِّ آلَاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ ﴿٣٤﴾
    How many bounties/mercies/signs of your Lord, will you Deny/Rebel?
    Means God dictated you rocket technology is it not a sign this book is from creator of universe ?
    Then how can you deny and Rebel this book ? 55:34
    يُرْسَلُ عَلَيْكُمَا شُوَاظٌ مِّن نَّارٍ وَنُحَاسٌ فَلَا تَنتَصِرَانِ ﴿٣٥﴾
    It (that power) will Send towards you, blazing flames of fire like of (burning/melting) Copper,
    which gravity can't stand/resist (then you can take off). 55:35.

    Again Quran reminds, not spherical Big Bang, But “Linear Tear” the perfect shape of universal expanse. 21:30
    Again God Questions ?
    أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ ﴿الأنبياء: ٣٠﴾
    Don’t they see, those who Rebel Allah ?
    These Sky and Earth was joined together (Giant Nebula) and We separated (tore/rip/detach) them longitudinally by force,
    and created from Water every living thing,
    Still will they not believe ? (21:30)

    If the verses of Quran are to be sorted according to History of universe, this should be very first verse, the initiation of creation.

    And the most important sentence.
    Progressively created from water, all those who live life.
    Dictating total process and time taken by evolution to till date.
    Placement of hot Volcanic earth and establishing its size, tilt and rotation 22:65 / 41:12 / 51:3.
    Establishment of Gravity of earth, by Iron meteoritic bombardment. 57:26
    Development of High Mountains by volcanic activity, initiation of cooling earth.
    Cooling of Earth by
    1) High mountain heights and 78:7 / 31:10
    2) Water wash by water Meteoritic bombardment. 14:32 / 41:39 /22:5
    3) Cryogenian Period 850 million years ago 78:14
    Biological Big Bang
    1) Ediacaran Period and Avalon Explosion 635 million years ago 39:6
    2) Triassic Period
    3) Jurassic Period
    Our Sciences NASA, ISRO, CSA, ESA discovered Big Bang.
    After spending trillions of dollars and
    using huge brain power with
    tremendous rocket Power and
    most sophisticated Instrumentations and Expensive Probes.

    But people from
    remote corner of globe (Arabia) with
    remote language already declared this
    1500 years back,
    with No instruments or Probes……..
    That makes fun of our trillion dollars explorations of
    HA, HA, HA, HA,
    سُبْحَانَكَ لَا عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلَّا مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ
    He (Allah) is the greatest, I don't have any knowledge except that, He awarded me, He is the One with total knowledge and sciences.
    For any Questions please mail [email protected] or [email protected]

  • Brent Hass

    Brent Hass

     11 hours ago

    some flat landers say this would be a perception thing and that it is really flat ha ha.

  • C


     13 hours ago

    That’s not space
    It’s the Stratosphere and there is still air in it so i don’t think it counts as space and you can’t go to space with balloon
    Space or the Karman line is at 100km (328000 feet)

  • Hexedplane


     14 hours ago

    Nice fish eye lens

  • fortanaroad57


     16 hours ago

    My question is whether or not you had to seek some kind of a permit or licence, notify air traffic control - basically anything legal or to minimize the safety risk it could potentially cause to air traffic (like getting sucked up into a plane engine?) Or was it done the good old fashioned way (i.e. - it's better to ask forgiveness than for permission!) :P

  • lambros1956


     17 hours ago

    That’s a fish-eye lens

  • Yasir144 Khan

    Yasir144 Khan

     19 hours ago

    please tell me the launching position of balloon and where did you get back payload?

  • 章猫文Melvin


     21 hours ago

    How did you manage to retrieve the GoPro ?

  • MVCVideo s

    MVCVideo s

     21 hours ago

    1:55:50 Ur Welcome



     1 days ago

    Everything evenly between some areas on the ground looks so rounded ? This video it’s been modify on rude manipulation and perverse manners!



     1 days ago

    Something is not good with the camera ! In the beginning or since the globe depart from the beginning of the video the horizon looks rounded specially when the camera moves up and down?



     1 days ago

    Desde que sale el globo se ve el horizonte ovalado!

  • Pink Noah Vlogs

    Pink Noah Vlogs

     1 days ago

    Who else saw that huge bear??

  • Cheryl Johnson

    Cheryl Johnson

     1 days ago

    Why does the horizon go from round to flat to round to flat?

  • Cheryl Johnson

    Cheryl Johnson

     1 days ago

    Where's all the satellites and space junk?

  • Filippo47


     1 days ago

    the sun illuminate very strange

  • Larry Zandes

    Larry Zandes

     1 days ago

    Thanks everybody for this awesome video!
    Btw, has anyone spotted that huge bear at the end of the video?
    I believe it was also looking for the GoPro! Or it was an alien spy disguised!
    You all deserve many thumbs up! :) :)

  • A M

    A M

     2 days ago

    Earth is..