Video footage of an iPad making its descent from space and surviving the fall has recently surfaced.
The video shows the iPad falling from a height of 100,000 feet (30,480 meters). The iPad can be seen floating into space while the Earth is viewable in the background. The device then free-falls all the way back to Earth to make a crash landing on a rocky Nevada hillside.
G-Form, a Rhode-Island based company, recorded the footage. G-Form is responsible for designing protective electronics cases and athletic pads for tablet devices.
The Extreme Edge cases can be found for the 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet and the iPad 1 and 2 models.
G-Form officials attached the iPad to a weather balloon to carry the iPad up into the Earth's stratosphere. Once the balloon expires, the iPad makes its descent to Earth.
The iPad appears to be unscathed after being picked up from the ground. Even better, the iPad is still running the movie that it was previously programmed to play.
G-Form wrapped the iPad in one of its 6-ounce protective "Extreme Edge" cases. This was done to test how well the covering performed in such a long drop for an iPad.
Thom Cafaro, G-Form’s vice president of innovations, made some statements as why the company performed this stunt. "We are usually known for making the most protective gear on the planet," he said. "So we decided why not raise the bar to off the planet too."
Cafaro also stated that this particular iPad was "the first iPad that's ever free-fallen from space and survived to play more movies."
"Perhaps even more remarkable than the dramatic hi-def footage itself is the fact that the iPad survives the adventure, remaining fully functional," G-Form officials went on to say. The company will be showcasing its latest electronics cases this week at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first video below shows off the iPad’s fall from space:
This second piece of footage shows the iPad surviving a 60-foot drop onto concrete: