Trump in Space
During the run-up to the historic 2016 presidential election , the folks at Bobbleheads.com decided to undertake the ambitious project of launching a Donald Trump bobblehead into space with a high-altitude weather balloon. And we were successful - on our first attempt, we reached an altitude of 103,339 feet - that is almost 20 miles above earth. Please stay tuned for some stunning videos from space. www.Bobbleheads.com
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“Trump in Space” event a rousing success from liftoff to touchdown
Alpharetta, Ga. – This really was a space odyssey for one presidential candidate bobblehead. On a beautiful, sunny day in Suwanee, Georgia, a bobblehead of Donald Trump lifted up towards the sky. Mr. Trump, standing on a podium flanked by American flags, was attached to a 1,200 gram weather balloon. The bobblehead was trimmed for weight and carried three GPS trackers and a camera to record the momentous event.
Why send the bobblehead into space? Warren Royal, founder of Royal Bobbles and Bobbleheads.com, said he got the idea from a 2012 “Obama in Space” video he saw on Youtube. “The Obama bobblehead was actually one of our products and I thought that was really cool,” Royal said. “I decided then that one day I’d like to do that, too. So we have been trying to find the right product and the right time to do it, and with the upcoming election, we felt that this was a great time.”
“We decided to go with Mr. Trump first because he is far and away our best-selling bobblehead at the moment – including outselling Hillary Clinton by about 3 to 1. We figured that we would do him first and then if we had the time, we would try to do Hillary, too, but that would come later.”
Royal also wanted to make it perfectly clear that this was non-partisan, simply meant to be a fun event. “We’re not taking sides,” he added. It took nine months of planning to prep for the Trump space launch and a team of five people with engineering, GPS satellite tracking, video and bobblehead experience to pull this together. They also had to file a flight plan and get clearance from the FAA.
The helium-filled balloon, with the Trump bobble and the “payload,” lifted off on Sunday, May 15. It climbed to an altitude of 103,339 feet, which took about two hours; then the balloon burst, which is it designed to do at that height.
The bobblehead landed in Abbeville, SC, about 3.5 hours from the launch site, at the top of a very tall tree. Royal said the landowner was very helpful in retrieving it.
“This was more time-consuming and complicated than we thought,” said Royal. “We are glad we did it, though. We got some incredible video (see links farther down), but it may be a while before we do another.” The entire launch assembly – bobblehead, podium, flags and microphone – will be displayed in a shadowbox at the company’s Georgia headquarters.