I ask because of two reasons. Edit: Well, it was supposed to be a question! 1). I'm interested in high altitude photography. 2). I wonder if they have to get any FAA approval before 'penetrating' possible aircraft heights. I know, in competitions, they secure a field away from most everything and if the chute works, they may recover it. But, what about on the way up,and back down? Are they supposed to get FAA approval or can you just launch a small rocket in a nearby field? I remember (WAY back) a college student who showed film he captured from a small model rocket. This was around 1971. No tiny digital cameras then! So, he took a lens and built a 'movie camera' with a rubber band for the drive. He showed the film and I was hooked!! That day, I said I'm going to do that! It was incredible watching the blast off and also the film captured on the way down under a parachute. My vow disintegrated into my studies, job and not knowing how to contact others in the field. (Pre-Internet) So, can anyone enlighten me? Short of reversing time and becoming an astronaut, are there other legal ways for high altitude photography?