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Video: Slickwraps sends Galaxy S6 to the edge of space, phone lives to tell the tale
You probably know Slickwraps for its skin protections for smartphones, laptops and other devices. The Kansas-based company is making wraps for all major Android devices, in a variety of colors and materials, allowing you to customize your device and give it a little protection from bumps and drops. But how about a drop from the edge of space?
That’s the premise of this video from Slickwraps, showing the Galaxy S6 being tied up to a weather balloon and sent soaring up to 122,264 feet (37,266m). That’s more than three times the cruising altitude of a commercial jetliner and high enough to see the Earth’s curvature and the blackness of space.
During the Galaxy S6’ three hour flight, the device travelled across 111 miles (233km), encountered speeds of 110mph (177km/h), with temperatures dropping to -65F (-54C). Now that’s well beyond the normal operating range for just about any electronic, but the Galaxy S6 (covered in Slickwraps’ natural bamboo skin) seems to have survived the trip (and the fall) intact.
Of course, the Galaxy S6 is not the first device to skirt the edges of the atmosphere – its ancestor, the Galaxy S2, hit 30,000 meters in 2011; the LG G2 captured some beautiful imagery in 2013; and last year, British mad scientist Colin Furze sent dozens of HTC One M8’s up to 100,000 feet. But nothing compares to the achievement of the venerable of Nexus One, which NASA used as the brains of its PhoneSat nano-satellites.