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The iPhone rocket: The story (and data) of how an iPhone hit 1300ft. Peter writes -

Michael Koppelman – an iPhone developer and model rocket enthusiast – decided to combine his hobbies by launching an iPhone into the skies with his very own “iPhone rocket.” Mobile Orchard’s Dan Grigsby interviewed Michael on his experiment (see Flash video below or go to the video at Vimeo).

alt-chart-2.pngPowered by a Aerotech G80-13 engine, the rocket reached some 440m (1312 feet) in altitude (or 200m in relative altitude) before heading back to the ground. Michael developed an iPhone application that constantly polled the iPhone’s GPS and accelerometers, logging them to a file, as well as sending GPS data over the Web so that the unit could be easily located if it became lost.

Michael shares lots of interesting technical (and some less than technical) information during the interview…

You can also check out Michael’s site here with more information and data…

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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