Chinese mobile phone maker Huawei streams live video from a phone at an altitude of over 18,000 meters above the Earth in attempt to set a record. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A smartphone attached to a weather balloon took to the skies on Monday (September 5) in an attempt to set a record for a high-altitude video live stream from such a device but did not reach its targeted altitude. Huawei attached their Honor 8 phone to a weather balloon, along with a camera and equipment regulating battery temperature, and sent the bundle flying from the SSC Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden, aiming to reach the altitude of 30,000 metres. According to a press contact for Huawei Sweden, the balloon reached 18,421.4 metres, where it stopped its ascent. Huawei said that one of the main challenges with the project was to create a reliable solution that presented the smartphone, while being able to handle extreme temperature conditions. Temperatures below -50 Celsius were expected at some point of the phone's journey to the skies, while sun radiation added a risk of overheating at higher altitudes. Every part of the kit apart from the phone itself was powered by batteries specifically designed for the use in vacuum and regularly used on SSC's rocket and balloon missions. The balloon reached a diameter of approximately 12 metres when fully expanded and it landed within the Esrange landing area in the northern Swedish Lapland by parachute after about 2.5 hours.