The exact same stuff spaceships are made of, seriously. The carbon used in our decks is up-cycled material used in the production of modern day rockets and fighter jets, far better than any consumer grade material.
Carbon fiber is a hazardous waste and over 10,000,000 pounds of it are trashed each year in the space industry alone. Each 121C board saves up to 5 pounds of material that would otherwise be found in a landfill.
Yes, the 121C team actually sent a skateboard to the edge of space! Inspired by the record setting space jump of Fearless Felix Baumgartner, we lofted our prototype carbon fiber Rover skateboard high above California’s Mojave Desert with a helium balloon. We recorded the event with a VR camera rig provided by USC student Tong Liu. You can share this experience in VR on your smartphone.
You can experience the flight of the rover in VR on your iPhone or Android device while 121C spokesperson and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría provides a compelling narration. “Mike LA” relates what your viewing to his experiences during Soyuz launch to the International Space Station.
Be sure to look straight up at 1:50 – 2:00 to watch the balloon explode as the Earth’s thin atmosphere gives way to vacuum. It’s very cool. Then watch out! As our parachute deploys, the spinning that results may challenge your equilibrium and your stomach.