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Remote controlled teddy bear recreates Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking sky-dive

Babbage the bear jumped from over 39km, controlled via a Raspberry Pi computer.
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A remote controlled teddy bear has recreated the record breaking free fall, completed by extreme sky-diver Felix Baumgartner last year.

Baumgartner set the record for furthest free fall in October last year, from a balloon almost 39km high.

The BBC reports that a soft toy, named Babbage has now completed a similar feat, jumping from a helium balloon at a similar height.

Babbage was remotely controlled via a Raspberry Pi computer by its creator and ballooning enthusiast Dave Akerman.

The bear is the official mascot of the Raspberry Pi project, being lifted in to the outer atmosphere from a launch site near Mr Akerman's home near Newbury in Berkshire.

Akerman told reporters the flight had gone "brilliantly".

The Raspberry Pi inside the bear's body shot footage and took stills of Baggage's journey, as well as broadcasting the craft's location, mapping the flight.

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