Star Wars Fans Send an X-Wing into Space in a Quest to Score Tickets to the Premiere of 'The Force Awakens'

Monday, 27 April 2015 - 11:20AM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, 27 April 2015 - 11:20AM
Star Wars Fans Send an X-Wing into Space in a Quest to Score Tickets to the Premiere of 'The Force Awakens'
How badly do you want tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? If you're truly committed to scoring an invite to the December event, you need to watch this video, because two UK-based Star Wars fans may have just raised the bar for what may be required of you in order to succeed.

Phil St. Pier and Matt Kingsworth make up the Essex science group known as Project Helium Tears, which among other things use a giant weather balloon to collect images of Earth from space. But last week, Phil and Matt opted to use their technology for a more selfish cause, sending their balloon into space with an X-Wing fighter in tow, all in an effort to grab the attention of Star Wars: The Force Awakens director, JJ Abrams.



At a cost of £1200 ($1800), the iconic Rebel spacecraft was sent approximately 118,000ft into the stratosphere where it burst and quickly made its descent back down to Earth. But before it returned to ground control, the weather balloon was able to capture some brilliantly geeky footage of its X-Wing buddy wobbling through space with that epic John Williams score in the background.

There's been no response from JJ Abrams or LucasFilm yet, but after pulling of such a stunt, you have to imagine that these two Star Wars superfans must be at the front of the line for two of the few freebie tickets expected to be handed out for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere at the end of the year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.
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