Talk about taking balloon rides to the next level. This concept capsule could eventually take a crew of eight people to a height of 98,425 feet (30 km). From there, passengers would be able to see the curvature of the Earth — and even the blackness of space.
On one side I'm happy that Falcon Heene—the boy who allegedly was flying uncontrollably inside a homemade, spaceship-shaped helium balloon—was actually safe all the time, hiding at home. On the other, I just want to bitchslap him. Repeatedly.
6-yo boy Falcon Heene—who allegedly was flying uncontrollably inside a homemade spaceship-shaped helium balloon, now landed—has not been found yet. Colorado police are searching for him now. [Update: Boy was safe, hiding at home. ]
Yesterday the Japanese announced the first space beer. Now the British are claiming the first teddy bear astronauts, who were photographed in space from a home-made vessel with two digital cameras, a flight computer, GPS, and radio.
Here's a helium balloon with a twist: The Air Ray is modeled after a manta ray but instead of lazily plying its way through the ocean, it floats gracefully through the air. The guys at Festo, a company that specializes in factory automation but seems to have a lot of spare time for fun projects, created a beating…