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iPad launched 100000 feet into the atmosphere, and survives fall back to earth
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Jan 10, 2012, 03:05 PM
 
Yeah, it was done to advertise an iPad case, but it's interesting nonetheless.

iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space Near Area 51 (High-Res) - YouTube
     
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Jan 10, 2012, 03:11 PM
 
I was going to guess Ralph Nader and Consumer Reports.
     
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Jan 10, 2012, 03:26 PM
 
This is about as interesting as "iPad survives fall from 1,000 feet".
Terminal velocity and all that.
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Jan 10, 2012, 03:30 PM
 


Looks like the velocity... wasn't that terminal.

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Jan 10, 2012, 04:03 PM
 
YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!

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Jan 10, 2012, 05:55 PM
 
Surely after a few hundred feet the iPad will reach terminal velocity. Any height after that is just for show.
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Jan 10, 2012, 06:10 PM
 
would've been a lot more interesting if they'd tethered an unprotected iPad side by side with the encased iPad with the same protective bar with the same cameras mounted.

That setup would've said something about the design of the stunt:
--did the aerodynamics of the camera mount force the iPad to fall on it's back?
--did the bar protect the iPad during landing?
     
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Jan 10, 2012, 07:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Surely after a few hundred feet the iPad will reach terminal velocity. Any height after that is just for show.
Good show though. Very nice view up there.
     
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Jan 10, 2012, 11:05 PM
 
Would the results be the same if it landed on concrete or asphalt?
     
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Jan 11, 2012, 12:05 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
This is about as interesting as "iPad survives fall from 1,000 feet".
Terminal velocity and all that.
How fast would the terminal fall?
     
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Jan 11, 2012, 02:17 AM
 
How's the AT&T reception up there ?

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Jan 11, 2012, 04:06 AM
 
It never got to full speed. The way it was falling flat gave it max wind resistance. Its the same effect of dropping a flat piece of card board and a ball at the same time, the ball always win. The cloth or whatever that white thing was with it would have helped slow it down a bit too. A better test would be to drop 2, one with the case and one with out and making sure the drop system only drops the ipads nothing else attached to them. im sure they can attach a short range tracking device to it thats a lot smaller.
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Jan 11, 2012, 10:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by Athens View Post
... im sure they can attach a short range tracking device to it thats a lot smaller.
If they are so confident their system will work they don't need to attach anything, just use Find my iPhone.

If it doesn't work then a) they probably won't be showing us the video, and b) who cares if they lose a destroyed iPad in the middle of nowhere?
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Jan 11, 2012, 03:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
This is about as interesting as "iPad survives fall from 1,000 feet".
Terminal velocity and all that.
Add an extra zero to the test, drop from 1,000,000 feet. 200 miles (320 km) instead of 20 (32 km). It'll get a lot hotter when it hits the atmosphere. Maybe hot enough that it never reaches the ground.

If it lands intact from orbital height, I'd be quite impressed.
     
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Jan 11, 2012, 03:15 PM
 
Time for a Space Shuttle mission to drop a ipad out of the shuttle lol
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Jan 11, 2012, 04:11 PM
 
Hey! NASA can use iPads instead of those tiles on the shuttles!
     
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Jan 11, 2012, 04:13 PM
 
So... no one realizes the last shuttle has already launched?
     
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Jan 11, 2012, 05:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Add an extra zero to the test, drop from 1,000,000 feet. 200 miles (320 km) instead of 20 (32 km). It'll get a lot hotter when it hits the atmosphere. Maybe hot enough that it never reaches the ground.

If it lands intact from orbital height, I'd be quite impressed.
Aye.

Of course, the other reason why I'm not finding this story to be all that impressive is that James May did the same thing with the remains of a pet cat last year.
BBC Two - James May's Man Lab, Series 2, Episode 3, James May launches balloons into the stratosphere
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Jan 11, 2012, 07:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
So... no one realizes the last shuttle has already launched?
Had NASA been using iPads instead of those fragile tiles, the shuttles would never have gone out of style!
     
   
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