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My name is Raul Oaida (from Romania) and this is my LEGO tribute to the end of the space shuttle era. Proving that although retired, this machine can still fly, albeit in toy form.
The launch took place from central Germany (easy flight clearance) and reached a max altitude of 35,000m. A 1,600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3,367.
We launched it on the 31st of December 2,011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a remote area.
I wish to thank Steve Sammartino for the opportunity to do this project and the german airtraffic control for the understanding.