Urban Armor Gear became the first company to send an iPhone 7 into space and film it in 360-degree video.
UAG’s space experience began in November 2014 when they launched an iPhone 6 up to 101,000 feet into the stratosphere. The YouTube video generated 3 million views, and inspired the UAG team to push the boundaries for a second mission to the edges of earth.
For this launch, a brand new iPhone 7 was protected by UAG’s latest Monarch Series Case and attached to a flight rig joined to a weather balloon. The rig was launched and reached an astonishing 120,027 feet above the earth, providing dramatic 360-degree views from space and giving viewers an up-close virtual experience high above the earth.
As the phone reaches the maximum height, the weather balloon bursts, sending the rig into a free-fall until a parachute is deployed to control the descent. After a successful landing and recovery of the flight rig, the iPhone 7 and UAG’s Monarch case remained in perfect working condition.
During the flight the following data was captured:
- Max Altitude: 120,027 feet
- Temperature at altitude: -17º C
- Distance covered: 14.8 miles