The camera was launched in 2013 by five Arizona-based friends. They got it back two years after in a dramatic way.
A group of five friends from Arizona sent a camera and a phone up in a weather balloon back in 2013. They waited a for long time for its return, but could not see it until two years later in 2015.
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The camera came back with one of the most stunning footages ever captured of the Grand Canyon.
Watch the amazing footage recorded by GoPro camera.
The story of how the camera came back to them is equally incredible. One of those friends shared the whole story on Reddit.
“We planned our June 2013 launch at a specific time and place such that the phone was projected to land in an area with cell coverage,” the user wrote on Reddit. “The problem was that the cell service coverage maps we were relying on were not accurate, so the phone never got signal as it came back to Earth and we never heard from it.”
The Gopro camera reached to the height of nearly 100,000 feet during its 90-minute flight and fell to a barren desert. The phone landed about 50 miles away from the launch point. But without GPS signal, they were unable to track it.
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“Two years later, in a twist of ironic fate, a woman who works at AT&T was on a hike one day and spotted our phone in the barren dessert. She brings it on an AT&T store and they identify my friend’s SIM card. We got the footage and data a few weeks later,” User concludes.