The balloon was not small or simple. The entire apparatus spanned half of a basketball court and was supposed to hover about 65,000 feet above the earth (not in space, we’d add), collect selfies from the ground, put them on live photos of the planet, and return them to the sender. It was supposed to continue swimming until the 31st of October, but it was a few days behind.
Samsung’s balloon maker (Raven Industries) has picked up the payload, and the tech giant itself has apologized for “any inconvenience”. It’s a slight embarrassment that does not diminish Samsung’s reputation. However, it is clear that it could have been much worse – Samsung may be grateful that it does not issue a check for home repairs.