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iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space

According to Mashable, a company decided to test their case and sent it up to 100.000 feet, also known as space. It was dropped and was still working. I'm skeptical because the camera didn't break either. Anyone agree with me?

asked Jan 06 '12 at 17:50

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DJ Scooby Doo

edited Jan 06 '12 at 19:12

It doesn't matter how well you make the case, it cant negate G forces.

If the device pulls something like 1000-2000G's from the sudden deceleration of hitting the ground, then you will end up with the screen and many other components for a few milliseconds having the equivalent of a car parked on top of it.

The only way for the device to survive a really fast drop is to have a case that is 20+ feet thick, and have the inside be some kind of gel where the device can drop through and decelerate.

If the device is slowing from like 120MPH to 0 MPH in a fraction of a second then both the case and the device is experiencing extremely high G's

it is just like being in a car. the body is tough and if you slow down gradually from like 200MPH to 0MPH then you will be ok, but if you do the same slowdown in about 0.001 second, then you will die, as the G's will make your heart weigh just as much as the rest of your body for a split second, destroying it, along will many other organs.

(when you jump off of a building and hit the sidewalk, it is not the hardness of the tar that kills you, it is the sudden deceleration from 120MPH to 0MPH that does the killing. (if you had a special suit on where hundreds of steel cables can be attached evenly supporting the suit and you were to freefall until you reached terminal velocity then suddenly srop withoug impacting anything, you will have the same damage as if you were to fall onto the pavement)

answered Jan 06 '12 at 20:10

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this is why Humans traveling at Lightning speed is impossible.

you can't just "stop" when you like, you'd have to decelerate for a couple of time before you can reach full stop.

(Jan 07 '12 at 21:00) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Couldn't have said it any better myself.

(Jan 08 '12 at 03:07) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

It seems like it was just set down and they skipped a whole clunk of the descent, so I'll say NO!

answered Jan 06 '12 at 19:26

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i have seem that particular case hit with a hammer and the ipad being safe.

i'm sure the impact of a hammer was greater than the impact the ipad would have had tumbling back to earth and hitting an unstable surface which would have cushioned to a degree the impact.

and if you think about it, the camera survived the impact and it wasnt protected, so the ipad would have had a much better change.

i say it's real.

answered Jan 06 '12 at 19:58

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edited Jan 06 '12 at 20:01

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