Skyward Sphere - Live launch into space on May 9th, 12:00 UTC

Wednesday May 9th at 12:00 UTC we will take our first step together into space!

This is our way of saying thank you to you our players and we hope that this endeavor brings a smile to your face.

The plan
We are releasing a high altitude balloon just north of CCP HQ and the hope is that the balloon will drift over the harbour and the CCP HQ. The balloon will carry a replica of an EVE pod, containing the names of our players, into the stratosphere as promised at the end of last year.

The students of the University of Reykjavík who are handling the launch have made the prediction that it will land in the middle of Kleifarvatn lake. Iceland Telecom who is partnering with us in this adventure is providing us with live video feed and GPS tracking via their 3G Samsung Note. The live feed will start shortly before 12:00 UTC and should last the whole flight all the way up to 100.000 feet.

Additionally we have 3 high definiton cameras on board and we will make the recovered recordings available in a few days time.

You will be able to track its flight progress over Iceland here.

The Icelandic Coast Guard is having their regular search and rescue exercise around 14:30 UTC and they made it their objective to retrieve our craft as part of the exercise.

Also you can check out the 'In Development' video about the project.

See you in space!