iPad 2 Survives Fall From Outer Space [Video]



Imagine cruising along in your rocket at 100,000 feet when you open the door to let out a wasp and your iPad falls out into space. It’s a situation we can all relate to. But thanks to the Extreme Edge case from G-Form, you no longer have to worry about your device shattering into a million pieces when it lands back down on Earth. What a relief, right?

G-Form is quickly becoming a company famous for doing whacky things to demonstrate the strength and durability of its protective cases. We’ve seen them drop bowling balls on iPads, throw MacBooks off of balconies, and throw things out of planes. But their latest stunt takes gadget torture to new heights — quite literally.

In the clip below, the guys at G-Form send at iPad into space using a weather balloon. At “somewhere around 100,000 feet,” the balloon bursts and the iPad falls straight back to the ground. Amazingly, the device — which is known to shatter from drops of less than four-foot when unprotected — survives without a single scratch.

Check it out for yourself:

Pretty incredible, right? Of course, the G-Form guys didn’t design the 6oz. Extreme Edge case exclusively for astronauts. If you’re often dropping your devices and causing them damage, then maybe this is the case for you. It’s available now for $49.95.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • ddevito

    I guess this is just proof that Apple devices are space age

  • FriarNurgle

    I’m going to make a suit out of that stuff and fight crime.

  • rjamesmoore

    This proofs apple has alien technology

  • prof_peabody

    just to be picky … not actually “outer space” nor even the “edge” of outer space, as the guys themselves are at pains to mention in the video.  

  • Jonathan Ober

    I was wondering how long it took the thing to go up and back down…seems that at that altitude and that slow moving up it would have taken awhile…but what do I know.

  • TradeGothicBold

    Anyone else sick of these videos?  We all get it, these cases are incredible, and will protect your device really well.  OK, now get to working on that super-suit that FriarNurgle mentioned.

  • Simon Tooke

    In other news, tiny camera attached to stick attached to iPad survives fall with a minimum of padding.
    (and why couldn’t they have the iPad filiming, too?)

  • supertino

    The amount of editing makes this video less trustable. I am pretty sure there is nothing fishy going on here but they should link to an uncut edition :)

  • John Stram

    What a gimmicky advertisement. an objects falling acceleration stops way before it even hits space. totally useless test.

  • Brooks Hanes

    I would be more impressed if they just took the iPad and just hurled it as fast as they could into the rocks. I bet it would break.

  • elimilchman

    Brooks, we actually did something similar with their Extreme Sleeve when we reviewed a few months ago. iPad came out unharmed — it’s a pretty impressive material. 

    If you meant just grabbing an iPad and smashing it on some rocks, then yeah, that wouldn’t be good.

    Here’s a link to the review, in case you’re interested:


  • Jonathan Ober

    wouldn’t it still fall quickly to earth after the balloon pops? http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_

  • Chris White

    This is complete crap!!! Anything falling from that altitude (“that” altitude being 90,000 feet for an average high altitude grade weather balloon to pop) would accelerate to 32 feet per second squared or 32 ft/s^2. Therefore, using trigonometry based physics calculations (excluding wind resistance which would account for only a 100 or 150 mph difference) V^2 = VsubO^2+2(a)(s), this gives us an initial velocity (Vsub0) of 0 mph, acceleration (32 ft/s^2), distance (90,000 ft), and a final velocity (V) of 2,400 feet per second or 1,636 mph when it hit the ground. Remember people that terminal velocity for a human being is 125 mph with arms stretched out, and a parachutist can fall from 103,000 feet to 96,000 feet before deploying his chute but by then he’s traveling at 600 mph which is almost faster than the speed of sound.

    Traveling 1,636 mph Folks when it hit the ground, if my math is right….. THIS IS FAKE!!!

  • Aaron

    You failed to properly take into account wind resistance. It is non-linear and is not properly accounted for by your calculations. With zero wind resistance (impossible for anything but a one-dimensional point in space), your calculations are correct. However, wind resistance is what brings that down closer to the 125 MPH terminal velocity. The density of wind at 103K to 96K altitude is almost nothing, so speeds of 600 MPH are possible, but not anywhere near the ground.

    This is NOT fake.

  • Alex

    Someone  should explain the concept of terminal velocity to these boys…. Or at least send them this link.


  • Michael Von Verrenkamp

    What they didn’t show is the dude that was hiking when he got smacked in the head with an iPad from space. :D