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The First Tent in Space The Telegraph

Whilst Virgin Galactic are busy preparing to fire the elite of the world into space, we thought we’d do something for the rest of us who might want to visit the cosmos, by pioneering space camping. Vango tents approached us to help them make some noise online about their super light and strong Airbeam tents, and we worked with them and a clever team from Southampton University to send a two man Airbeam tent into space.

Complete with a crew of hand crafted cosmonauts, the tent was launched from near Oban in Scotland and over two days travelled over 100,000 feet into the Stratosphere and then came hurtling back down to earth in the Scottish midlands. Rigged with cameras we sent the tent up twice, once to get the exterior shots, and another time to get the interior shots and some other angles.

The film is all real, and the whole crew, lead by an optimistic Scotsman had to trek 10k into snow covered mountains to retrieve the tent the first time, as it landed right side up half way up a Ben. The second time it landed in a farmers field near Paisley and footage shows the farmer watching it coming down, walking over, taking a peak inside and then walking off! Must happen all the time in that neck of the woods.

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