Red Bull's Quest to freefall a man from space will be shot on RED
Leave it to Red Bull to come up with a stunt that’s so far beyond crazy that it becomes a legitimate scientific undertaking. The energy drink brand is sending a man into the stratosphere to freefall back to earth. Felix Baumgartner will be “skydiving” from space. He will fly a balloon to 120,000 feet in the atmosphere and jump from his capsule in a space suit. During his fall, he is expected to break the speed of sound.
Baumgartner is going 20,000 feet higher than the current freefall altitude record. That record is held by Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF (Retired), who is on the Red Bull team. Felix’s jump will also break world records for fastest freefall, time of freefall, and altitude of a manned balloon flight.
The project tests high altitude escape systems (improving safety for space professionals and tourists) as well as the impact of supersonic velocity on the human body, new technology for space suits, and new medicine. The team working on the project includes a Space Shuttle crew surgeon, Air Force test pilot, retired Naval commander, a doctor of Applied Biometrics, and the jumper himself, Felix, a former member of the Austrian Special Forces demonstration team.
The jump has been rescheduled for October 14th. The launch site is Roswell, New Mexico. The mission is shot on RED. Follow the news live at www.redbullstratos.com/live/.
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