Space Glider - FPV glider dropped from a weather balloon

David Windestal posts a video where he uses some relatively high powered video and RC transmitters to guide a small foamie glider back to Earth after releasing it from a weather balloon. It wasn't entirely successful, but pretty cool nonetheless. Something I've always wanted to try.

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Comment by David Windestål on March 8, 2013 at 8:43am
Comment by David Windestål on March 8, 2013 at 8:43am

Thanks for posting btw :)

Comment by RC on March 8, 2013 at 9:04am

Epic stuff! And very well produced and narrated  video. A+

Comment by MarcS on March 8, 2013 at 10:58am

David, thanks for the link. Good information.

To everyone thinking about doing the same. Some things to consider:

-Think about the law (flight permissions and radio frequencies). Sadly no info on that...

-Take care with hydrogen (he used for cost reasons)... You could burn up some important parts of your body when working without protection. There is a reason protective wear exists for that (see last picture here:

Comment by Karsten on March 8, 2013 at 12:25pm
Genial. ..
Comment by UAS_Pilot on March 8, 2013 at 12:38pm

How did you get the approval to accomplish this goal? If this was in the USA, how long did the approval from the FAA take? If not in the USA than same questions only who gave you the approvals? 

Great videos by the way....

Comment by Richard Boyhan on March 8, 2013 at 1:05pm

Love the video, very cool.

Comment by Fernando Costa Pinto on March 8, 2013 at 1:22pm

thanks for sharing ..must be an amazing experience 

Comment by David on March 8, 2013 at 1:44pm

@Joseph: It's not difficult to legally fly high-altitude balloons in the US NAS, but RC aircraft from that altitude is another (and much more religious) debate. For information on balloons in the US, check out the requirements in FAR 101, paying close attention to the applicability section.

Comment by Peter Meister on March 8, 2013 at 2:11pm

Great video, really neat. Outside of the legal aspects its cool to see an RC plan go up so high and come back with RC control at some point :) 


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