I can’t believe this wasn’t posted today. He’s going to jump today!
He got the green light for go, and if everything goes according to plan this is going into the history books!
Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of
experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic
speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific
research data for future pioneers.
The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation
and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Felix will strive to
Joe’s record jump from 102,800 ft in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space. Joe was a Captain
in the U.S. Air Force and had already taken a balloon to 97,000 feet in Project ManHigh and survived a drogue mishap during a jump from 76,400 feet in
Excelsior I. The Excelsior III mission was his 33rd parachute jump.
Although researching extremes was part of the program’s goals, setting records wasn’t the mission’s purpose. Joe ascended in helium balloon launched
from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola. Scientific data captured from Joe’s jump was
shared with U.S. research personnel for development of the space program. Today Felix and his specialized team hope to take what was learned from
Joe’s jumps more than 50 years ago and press forward to test the edge of the human envelope.
The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner’s epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium
balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break
the speed of sound during freefall.
That’s a lot of free falling going on today, about 20 minutes and he is expected to go faster than the speed of sound! Crazy! Orbital space diving SCI
The count down is 1 hour and 45 minutes left till the live stream hits the airwaves
Some details on the details Maybe you’ll see a UFO or two, I know one thing for sure. It’s going to be one hell of a view.
Three 4K (4,000 x 2,000-pixel) digital cinematography cameras
Three high-resolution digital still cameras
I don’t know about you, but I making some popcorn as I type.
Here is the Youtube Live stream link, Felix is getting ready to launch.
Watch this space!
I wish Felix all the luck in the world!