Slot machine is now floating around in space.
First slot machine sent to space for celebration of the 20th anniversary of Soboba Casino. This slot machine is a smaller size than are actually played in the casino, weighing only 2.5 pounds and standing twelve inches and operates with the use of coins, reels, springs and gears. It does not contain computer elements or electronics found in slot machines of modern day. This machine will not be placed in a space ship, instead it will be placed into a craft that was designed by JP Aerospace. They are a non-profit organization that is an independent research and space program. JP Aerospace is the organization that will launch the craft, as well.
A crew with approximately 25 people, which included JP Aerospace engineers and filmmakers, were present for the launch. The slot machine was launched around 9:50 a.m., close to Lovelock, Nevada. As the weather balloon (the craft designed by JP Aerospace) propelled toward the sky on its journey, the crew stood by and cheered and applauded.
General Manager for the Soboba Casino, Scott Sirois described the feeling of this process as, exhilarating. Sirois, who was at the slot machine launch stated, “Nobody else has ever done it.”
Target for the slot machine was 100,000 feet. However, it missed that target but made it to 99,000 feet, which is over 18 miles. The target was not for the craft to go all the way to outer space, which starts at 70 miles.
Marketing Director for Soboba Casino, Michael Broderick said he got the idea from videos he had seen with other items sent to space.
The casino was opened in the year 1995, close to San Jacinto on the Soboba Band of Luiserio Indian Reservation.
It is planned to have the slot machine set up at Soboba Casino for display. The craft had commemorative cards aboard, that VIPs and customers will be given. Also aboard the craft, are written messages from casino employees. This small compartment holding the messages will be opened in 2035, the casinos 40th anniversary.