Lego man sent into space to recreate 120,000ft high parachute jump

October 29, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

This Lego rower must have been bricking it – after reconstructing daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s terrifying space jump.

The plastic model of a rower was packed into a helium balloon and reached  incredible altitude of 120,000 feet.

At the height, which was similar to the Australian adrenaline junkie reached, the balloon burst – beginning an ultra-fast freefall.

The Lego rower soars 120,000ft above the earth in preparation for a space jump

The Lego rower soars 120,000ft above the earth in preparation for a space jump

As the air became thicker on its descent, a parachute was automatically deployed which allowed the Lego man to land safely.

The project was thought up by aerospace engineers Dave Curtis, Drew Graham and Chris Driscoll to help raise funds for the City Of Bristol Rowing Club.

They had to get approval from the Civil Aviation Authority before launching the vessel in Tewkesbury last week.

The view of earth as the Lego man began his free fall to the earth

The view of earth as the Lego man began his free fall to the earth

It stayed in the atmosphere for around three-hours, taking stunning photographs of the curvature of the earth, before landing in rural Banbury, Oxon.

A delighted Chris Driscoll said: “It was a complete success. The images we recovered were far better than we could have ever imagined.

“Seeing the final curvature of the Earth blew my mind and made it all worthwhile.”

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