Move over Felix Baumgartner, there’s someone new movin’ in on your turf: Sackboy! The courageous hessian hero climbed to more than 95,000 feet (still a little bit short of Fearless Felix’s 128,100 ft), took a bunch of photos, filmed a video, and then safely returned from the sackosphere.
The stats are pretty impressive. Sackboy made the journey in a meteorological balloon 30 feet in diameter and filled with five cubic metres of helium. His rig was fully kitted out with GPS and wireless modules, capable of tracking the little dude for up to 32 kilometres.
As it turned out, the gear nearly wasn’t enough! Despite “perfect” launch conditions, Sackboy zoomed upwards slightly faster than expected – at more than 15 feet per second, pushed more than 90 km/h by a north-north westerly wind.
As GPS beacons blipped wildly, the launch team carefully tracked Sackboy’s progress and movements, and found him safe and sound in a wheat field nearly 70 kilometres from the launch site.
Sackboy (and his Sony spokespeople) would like to thank his army of fans, who helped design the spacesuit for his maiden voyage. The winning design came from Aussie Tom Fox, and kept our hero in constant contact with Mission Control as well as protecting him from the elements.
The full Project (Near) Space adventure was filmed with four Sony Action Cams (of course!) stitched together to create a 360 degree panoramic view.
And now that all that is out of the way, Sackboy can move ahead, setting his sights on this next customisable adventure. LittleBigPlanet Karting might keep its wheels on the ground (most of the time), but it’s still a super-speedy race through the unexpected, and it’s in-stores next week for PS3.