September 27, 2012
A Train Ride To Space: How Cool Is That!?
Ok, so it’s not what you were probably thinking. There is no new innovative technology that will give willing passengers a ride into space aboard the Golden Chariot or the Oriental Express.
However, this is about a young boy who could undoubtedly be the first person to have his toy train take a ride high up into the upper reaches of the atmosphere, rivaling that of a recent test jump performed by thrill-seeker extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner.
Four-year-old Jayden, and his father, Ron Fugelseth, a video producer and creative designer at Oxygen productions, took the toy train, named Stanley, and strapped it to a weather balloon, complete with a HD camera and GPS locator, and sent it on its merry way to a place no toy train has gone before.
Fugelseth said he gained inspiration for his project after seeing a similar video using a Lego toy. He said if “two high school kids can send a Lego man to space, then I, as a grown man,” can make a toy train accomplish the same feat.
Fugelseth said he knew he could make it happen, but was concerned that he may lose the train in the process. The train has been his son’s prized possession since he was two years old; the pair “are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He’s been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together,” he wrote on his YouTube page, where his video “A Toy Train In Space” is posted.
While it didn’t look well shortly after launch, when he lost contact with the train and balloon, all worked out in the end; he picked up the GPS signal about 4 hours later and was able to locate the exact location where the train landed from its journey into the unknown.
In total, Stanley traveled 18 miles up into the stratosphere before the balloon popped, and then came barreling back down, landing some 27 miles away from its lift-off.
Image Credit: Photos.com