Star Trek: Netflix has reached another height, specifically 115,000 feet (35,000 meters). Last week Netflix hosted their annual “Hack Day” event, which gives their employees a chance to take a break and experiment with new technologies.
One of the projects celebrated Discovery being on Netflix in 190 countries around the world. To do this, some Netflix engineers sent an iPhone playing Discovery into space using a meteorological balloon. You can see the result and some behind the scenes action in a video posted by the team.
Netflix engineers Tony Edwards, Micah Ransdell described their stunt on Medium:
As a nod to a well-known spacefaring industrialist, we thought it’d be fun to see if we could watch Netflix in space. We did this with an iPhone with downloaded Netflix content, a GoPro camera to watch the phone and the Earth, some heaters (lithium batteries don’t work well at -60°C / -76°F!), and an avionics package which measured GPS location, altitude, temperature, and pressure. All of this was hoisted to the heavens by a helium-filled meteorological balloon which reached an altitude of approximately 35,000 meters / 115,000 feet, at which you can see the curvature of the earth and the blackness of outer space. A special thanks goes to the Stanford Student Space Initiative for helping us out with this hack.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.