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  • This is not going to be a normal video.

  • We're sending garlic bread to the edge of space!

  • Loads of people have launched loads of objects on balloons,

  • usually as publicity stunts.

  • But despite a lot of breathless press releases

  • those objects haven't been launched into space.

  • Most standards organisations agree that space officially starts

  • at the completely arbitraryrmán Line, 100 kilometres up.

  • And balloons like that one only get about a third of the way there.

  • And we're definitely not sending anything into orbit.

  • Orbit requires tens of thousands of miles-an-hour of speed.

  • That's what all the rockets are for.

  • We're using a weather balloon.

  • It's a large one, actually, today.

  • We're going as high as we can with this payload.

  • It's very cold on the way up.

  • It gets warmer as you approach that sort of altitude.

  • So it's coldest just above the jet stream

  • and then getting slightly warmer again.

  • It gets back down to about zero about where the balloon will pop.

  • The idea that all those publicity stunts actually made it to space

  • is helped by the fact that the fish-eye lens on some of the cameras that they use

  • means that the curve of the earth looks a lot more dramatic

  • than it really is at that height.

  • Now we're using cameras that correct for that,

  • so what you'll see on screen is more or less what you'd see up there.

  • So we're not saying "space", we're saying "the edge of space".

  • Which is basically just a marketing term, but the atmosphere's so thin up there,

  • about 1% of the pressure at ground level, that it's close enough.

  • Why garlic bread?

  • Because it's delicious,

  • and because someone already sent pizza up in a balloon a few years ago.

  • This garlic bread is delicious.

  • It's homemade. Well, apart from the baguette.

  • I did some homemade garlic butter on there with some real nice Parmesan on it.

  • Although I did make it at 5 o'clock this morning!

  • So it's going to be in near-vacuum.

  • It's going to be possibly frozen. I mean...

  • We're going to send half up in the sky with the balloon

  • and then leave half on earth for a real comparison taste test.

  • As it goes up, the atmosphere is getting thinner and thinner

  • and there's less and less air pushing in.

  • The balloon itself will get bigger and bigger.

  • So eventually the balloon will pop

  • and the equipment will parachute down to the ground

  • and we'll go and recover it.

  • We normally predict the landing spot to within about five miles

  • when we launch the balloon.

  • We're tracking the balloon using some radio trackers.

  • They send a signal with a GPS position to the ground

  • and that's put on a map and we chase the balloon's predicted landing spot.

  • I've done lots of high-altitude ballooning.

  • I've been doing it now for about 10 years.

  • Never lost one. Sent one to its doom a couple of times.

  • All sorts of food items have been launched into the stratosphere.

  • The BBC sent wedding cake up as part of a children's show

  • but the punchline at the end was that no one actually ate it.

  • I've yet to find any balloon-launched food that was actually eaten after landing.

  • And the main reason for that is you have no idea

  • where it's going to land, what it's going land in,

  • or what animals will have got to it first.

  • The box I've designed has a GPS and a little servo,

  • and a piece of string and some springs.

  • As it comes down it closes the servo 1000 metres above the ground.

  • So now we have to get in our cars and go chasing the payload.

  • It's just coming in to land somewhere about half a mile ahead

  • so, Barry, keep your eyes on the sky.

  • I've got to keep my eyes on the road.

  • You reckon we're okay to park here?

  • Let's go.

  • It's just on the end of that row there.

  • Let's do it.

  • Oh dear! - I think this is the way.

  • Well, at least we've got two cameras, I suppose.

  • Yay, I think they're still running.

  • - Oh,there we go. - Lift it up, oh.

  • - Oh, yes! - Yeah.

  • Alright so this is your original?

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • That's really good.

  • Not bad, right?

  • Space bread...

  • Is it cold?

  • It's not that much... oh!

  • No, that tore completely differently.

  • So that one ripped; that one went [tearing sound].

  • This one went click.

  • It's definitely got an icy middle.

  • Oh wow.

  • I don't know. I mean... - That has been frozen.

  • That's been frozen in the stratosphere.

  • You can sorta see the colour of the middle of them.

  • It's whiter, isn't it?

  • This went to the stratosphere and I'm eating it!

  • Sort of.

  • Thank you very much to Steve Randall from Random Aerospace

  • and to Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen.

  • I don't actually know what I did on this.

  • I'm basically DJ Khaled at this point.

  • Yeah! Yeah.

  • DJ Garl-ed? No, it didn't work.

  • I was gonna say garlic bread.

  • We're done, we're good.

  • Thank you, folks!

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B1 UK balloon garlic bread space stratosphere launched

We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

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    Samuel posted on 2018/04/29
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