Project Beyond: "Space Jam 2.0" is another attempt at a project that we recently completed called Project Infinity: "Space Jam" which can be seen on YouTube by clicking here. We sent a GoPro camera and, of all things, a jar of jam, 100,000+ feet to the edge of space feet via a high altitude weather balloon. The goal was to create footage of a seemingly floating jam jar atop a "space" backdrop. A jar of jam in space = "space jam" which of course, is a reference to the nostalgic 1990's movie SpaceJam starring Michael Jordan, creating a very cool and humorous video. Note: we are experienced and safety is our number one priority. With that said, the jar falling off the payload is not a concern as it is secured properly (see FAQs below for details)
The first attempt went very well with the exception of one thing: the GoPro camera. The piece of equipment we were least worried about randomly stopped recording 34 minutes into our 2.5 hour flight meaning the only footage was from 30,000 feet instead of 100,000 feet.
As you saw in the first attempt, we still decided to create a fun and entertaining short with what we had to work with, but it was lacking that really cool "space" footage. A second attempt is what we aim for, but we are seeking financial assistance as we were not originally intending to have to re-do this project. The first launch was all out of pocket. Any support is greatly appreciated!
What will your gracious donations be used for?
- Helium cylinder - $225
- Latex weather balloon - $100
- Payload construction - $100
- Travel and payload recovery - $75
We are offering a diverse selection of interesting rewards! All rewards are compounding meaning if you were to pledge $100 for example, you will also receive the rewards for all of the lower pledge amounts, too (e.g. $50, $30, $20, $10, and $5 pledge reward). Rewards that require shipment will be sent to you promptly after the completion of the video. You can expect to receive your mailed rewards by the end of November 2013.
Thank you again for your interest in our project. We greatly appreciate any pledges. This is a project we are very passionate about and your gracious support brings us closer to our goal!
Matt Deighton & Chandler Macocha
Creators of The 5th Years
Risks and challenges
Even though the first balloon's actual flight was a complete success logistically, there were things we can improve on to ensure that actual "space" footage is capture. We will be using a slightly larger balloon and more helium to accommodate the weight of an added backup GoPro, so that even if one glitches again, another would be running. We also have tracking devices (GPS) so that we can locate our payload wherever it lands. Through many calculations and projections, a landing zone can usually be determined before & during flight.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The two of us have always had a cheesy sense of humor and this project is no different! SpaceJam was a movie released in 1996 and has become a nostalgic token of the "1990s" especially for kids born in the "1990s". With that being said, we wanted to fully commit to the pun: sending a jar of jam to space = space jam = SpaceJam!
Like our first attempt, we will be using helium to fill our latex weather balloon.
We spent many, many hours developing a plan to secure the jar to our payload. The wire we are using is 200 lb test and it secured to the jar via three different methods: sealed inside the lid, super glue sealed to the jar, and hot glue sealed to the jar. Our first attempt had no issues with the jar and its attachment to the payload.
Yes. Since our payload is less the 4 lbs, we do not need a permit to launch our balloon. We conservatively still contacted the FAA and got their approval before the first launch and we will be doing the same on our potential second launch.
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