Sending an iPhone into the sky via helium balloons without a tether line

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pianostar83, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. pianostar83 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2012

    In the near future, I was maybe thinking about putting an iPhone 4 into a home made capsule suspended by a bunch of helium filled balloons. I want to let it float away into the sky with no tether line to retrieve it, so that I can have a chance to capture the HD video footage during the flight.

    I don't know how to use proper GPS tracking devices to locate anything such as a SPOT GPS Tracker, except for this feature that I use in iCloud called "Find My Phone". Can that feature work while my iPhone 4 records the footage?

    I am not using this for high altitude flights such as amateur balloon projects,
    I just want to let it float skyward until it bursts at about 5 or 6 miles up in the air, but the iPhone 4 said it can only operate at maximum altitudes at 10,000 feet. What do I need to do?
  2. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Try to build a box that can widthstand higher altitudes.

    And since GPS uses satellites, you should be able to track your phone using Find My Phone.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Slow news day?

    It's been done. I think they call it remote or model photography or something, instead of an iphone, they use a model airplane or model dirigible and some sort of remote camera.

    But why so low goal when amateurs have sent home made stuff to photograph the curvature of the earth?
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    So because someone else has done it with better tools at their disposal the OP shouldn't even try? I bet these people did it on their first try out as well.

    OP - I'm not sure if you'd need to go as far as a pressurized container, but some googling to check what others have used may help. Good luck, sounds cool.
  5. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    but Find My iPhone uses the INTERNET. :D How are you going to connect to the internet in the sky?
  6. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Umm, you do know that the phones will still be able to connect to many towers along the way. Even if If you are 4 miles up, you are still in many cases only 4 miles or so away from a tower. You enable GPS on phone, and leave phone on, and most likely you will be able to track phone.

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