Red Bull Stratos: The Largest Manned Balloon Ever

What is Felix Baumgartner’s balloon made of? The balloon is constructed of nearly transparent polyethylene (plastic) strips about the same thickness as a dry cleaning bag, which are heat-sealed together. Why use such a delicate material? A very large balloon is needed to carry the Red Bull Stratos capsule (which weighs nearly 3,000 lbs / 1.360 kg) […]

Red Bull Stratos with Felix Baumgartner – Mission ABORTED

Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to jump out a space capsule from the edge of space had to be aborted at the last minute (11.42hrs MDT local time) due to wind gusts that made it impossible to safely inflate the 30 million cubic feet / 834,497 cubic meters balloon for the launch. Baumgartner and the Red Bull […]

Felix Baumgartner’s Last 24 Hours Before Red Bull Stratos Launch

UPDATE/Spoiler Alert – he did it! Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the sound barrier in freefall on Sunday 14th October with a jump out of a space capsule from 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters. He has prepared for this over five long years – but intense anticipation may make the last 24 hours before […]