'teddy bear astronaut'
into space using an
engineered flight module.
Inspiring his kids to
father crafted a flight module piloted by a teddy bear, using a helium balloon, parachute, and electronics
“The point of the project was to inspire kids and encourage them to dream big,” says Tarpy, who is a software engineer by day.
This footage shows the bear’s launch from a park in
to a height of about
19 miles into space
“To show that seemingly impossible things become possible with creativity and hard work.”
eventually completed a return journey
to Earth via parachute.
Tarpy says he and his
the toy about 25 miles
from the original launch site.
Tarpy chose a teddy bear as the
to make the project more relatable. It also added to the
adventure when chasing 40-plus miles
across the country to recover the teddy and the flight module.
“At burst point (30km up)
, the balloon was a massive 254 cubic meters, with a
diameter of 7.86 meters.”