Yes, they literally did it! That is really cool! Samsung pulled an insane stunt to prove how durable their memory cards are, they made 200 paper planes fitted them with Memory cards and took them to the edge of space and released them.
What makes all this even more cool is that these memory cards contain special messages from people all over the world. I wonder who is lucky enough to find one of those. It could land like anywhere in the world!
Their plan was pretty simple, well simple enough to hear. They launch a balloon filled with helium gas and carrying a load of paper planes, once it reaches 37,339 metres (that’s at the edge of space!). They release it!
They launched the balloon at Wolfsburg in Germany. The balloon took 2.6 hours to raise 37,339 meters and just and took only 40 minutes to fall back to earth. It landed in a forest just south east of Berlin, where their team had to use a very long pole to retrieve the payload from the top of a tree.
The hand-crafted paper planes with their precious cargo of Samsung SD memory cards were released at around 36,3500 metres and could land anywhere!
If anyone finds a plane and memory card, they can contact us at www.projectspaceplanes.com/ask and we will try to put them in touch with the person who uploaded their piece of data onto that memory card.
Here is a video of them announcing the Project Space Planes :
And here is the video of them doing it!