February 3rd, 2011 by Andy Merchant
We do like a little bit of creativity on this blog, and today we salute the boffins at Samsung. The Samsung team have dropped 100 paper planes from a hot air balloon on the edge of space back down to earth.
Why have they done this? to basically prove Samsung’s memory cards are as tough as advertised. Here’s the idea; the memory cards are attached to the planes, loaded up with content such as video, music and images. If you are lucky enough to find one, the people at Samsung are encouraging you to get in touch so they can log the findings.
The Team leader of Project Space Planes, Joel Veitch, explains more: ‘I expect some will end up in the Siberian permafrost, where they will remain until they thaw out thousands of years from now to be discovered by whatever post-human civilisation exists on Earth by then.’They will plug the SD card in to their post-human future SD card reader and hear our voices from the deep past and a bond will be formed across the vastness of time thanks to our amazing space paper plane exploit!
‘If we donâ€™t manage that, Iâ€™ll be happy with anything over 100 miles. But who knows how far weâ€™ll get? The skyâ€™s the limit! Literally! Because weâ€™re going in to the sky!’