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Video: Santa filmed on test flight from Coleford

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

Video: Santa filmed on test flight from Coleford

Santa and Rudolph soaring above Coleford

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It's been a long held myth that Santa comes from Lapland, but now video evidence has finally emerged to prove he's in fact from Coleford.

And he sets off from there to cover the entire universe.

Or that's how it seems from this galactic video which captures him soaring above the curvature of the earth.

Father Christmas and trusty red-nosed reindeer Rudolph have been filmed, presumably on a test flight, soaring high above the Forest of Dean.

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It's the latest project by Coleford couple Mark Ireland, 26, and girlfriend Cassie Phelps, otherwise known as Stratodean.

They have developed a penchant for launching huge balloons, with 'payloads' of cameras and filming equipment attached, to the edge of space.

And on December 1, they sent Santa and Rudolph up with a high-altitude weather balloon - along with a camera and GPS tracker.

Within two hours Santa and his reindeer were 100,000ft above the earth's surface.

The £50 helium balloon then popped and and its passengers descended to earth via a parachute.

They landed 70 miles away in Somerset two and a half hours after launch.

Cassie said: "It's a personal project which we have been working on.

"We watched a Lego man go into space on YouTube and thought 'let's have a go'.

"With Christmas comping up, we decided to send Santa. We got clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority and launched on December 1."

She said it was just short of 100,000ft - which is nearly, but not quite, space.

Watch the video below.

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  • Apothegm_  |  December 18 2013, 12:39PM

    Filming reindeer? How are they on filming "big cats"?

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