It's the ultimate gift for a Star Wars fan--a Killer Droid from the edge of space. On July 23rd, this bounty-hunting bobblehead named "IG-11" hitched a ride to the stratosphere onboard an Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray balloon. At the apex of the flight, he was 117,454 feet above the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California.


After the balloon exploded (as planned), something extraordinary happened. IG-11 parachuted back to Earth and landed less than 2 feet from the famous John Muir Trail. What are the odds? A pack train passed by 10 minutes later. The mechanical assassin then hitched another ride--5 days on the back of a mule bumping along the Sierra crest. The packers delivered the payload, with cosmic rays sensors and bobbleheads, to a group of waiting students in Red's Meadow near Mammoth Lakes, California. What a ride!


The students are selling IG-11 to support their cosmic ray ballooning program. Each bobblehead comes with a greeting card showing IG-11 in flight and telling the story of his journey to the edge of space and back again.

Killer Droid IG-11