However, Chan said in a Reddit post the group lost contact with phone, which was taking still images and tracking the balloon's location during the June 2013 flight.
"TWO YEARS LATER, in a twist of ironic fate, a woman who works at AT&T was on a hike one day and spotted our phone in the barren desert. She brings it to an AT&T store, and they identify my friend's SIM card. We got the footage and data a few weeks later!" Chan wrote.
Chan said in an email to UPI the "Grand Canyon Stratospheric Balloon Team" also included Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Tyler Reid and Paul Tarantino. He said the project was supported by vedphoto.com and Broadcom.
Chan said the balloon reached an altitude of 98,664 feet and was in the air for an hour and 38 minutes.