I just received my new QST magazine, and on the cover as the lead story is an article about "Amateur Radio At The Edge Of SPACE!".....
It's an article about a group of high-school Hams who send home brew instrument packages up ~120,000 feet using balloons, and recording the downlinked data.
This is great stuff, and I greatly admire the young men and women who are doing it.
BUT....for crying out loud, STOP calling it "The Edge of Space"!
It's not even close!
The official definition of "Space", is an altitude ABOVE 100km, or about 62 miles, a bit more than 328,000 feet.
120,000 feet is a bit more than ONE-THIRD the required altitude to be in "space", and as such is pretty far from being "the edge" of anything meaningfully close to "space".
I remember not too long ago when the guy jumped out of the balloon sponsored by Red Bull, and they insisted on using this same "Edge of Space" nonsense.
I sure don't have the big brass ones it takes to do that, and I also greatly admire Felix Baumgartner for having the cajones to do it, but it wasn't, and never will be, "The Edge of Space".
Knock it off, people....you're just demeaning the people who really do go into space for your own cheap amusement....