Toys Recently Sent Into Space
I have seen that people have recently been launching their own items into space via weather balloons, and now that technology is cheap and small they can attach cameras for the journey. Some people have launch cell phones with video feed, and GPS so they can find their items when it falls home to Earth. Others have gone a step further and added unique passengers to go along for the ride.
Flight of the Rubber Chicken
The students of the Bishop Union High School were working on an astrobiology project, and decided to incorporate a rubber chicken into their studies. They decided to launch the rubber fowl, named Camilla, using a helium balloon, into space. In this project Camilla wore a knit space suit and radiation badges to calculate the amount of levels it was exposed to. The chicken was launched twice, once on March 3 before a solar storm and on March 10 during the storm. This gave the students a look at the comparison of radiation levels the chicken experienced.
Canadian Lego Space Man
Two Canadian teens Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad used a weather balloon and styrofoam to send their Lego astronaut about 15 miles above the Earth. the accelerated video above shows some of his epic 97 minute voyage in space. The box tethered to the weather balloon that held the lego man also held four cameras, a cell phone with GPS, a homemade parachute, and was filled filled with helium from a local party supply store. They launched the craft and after about four miles into the air they lost contact, but a while later their devices sounded the alarm that the Lego space man had landed safely about 75 miles away from the launch site.
A Toy Tribute to the Space Shuttle
Oaida Raul of Romania loved all sorts of projects from steam, jet, and especially rockets. Since he couldn't afford his own space program he decided to use a weather balloon, and with the help of Steve Sammartino they launched a tribute Lego space shuttle. Launched from Germany on the 31st of December 2011, It was a beautiful flight. Even though the real Shuttle are retired their inspiration lives on in launches like this.The two claim to have something top secret launch in the future so stay tuned.