Final Data released from Felix Baumgartner’s Supersonic Freefall

The primary contribution to the science community includes data that could help develop next generation space suits, establish viable escape procedures for passengers and crew in space, and create parachutes with state-of-the-art safety systems. Baumgartner’s record-breaking maximum vertical speed was revised upwards to 1,357.6 kmh / 843.6 mph / Mach 1.25 from an initial estimate […]

A Look Inside Felix Baumgartner’s US Media Tour and Hero’s Welcome to Austria

A look inside Felix Baumgartner’s U.S. media tour with Q & A before ending with a visit to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a hero’s return to Austria. How do you feel now that you’ve had a few days since your jump on 14 October to think about your achievements? It’s still too much to fully comprehend. Besides […]

Red Bull Stratos Felix Baumgartner Preliminary Statistics

Red Bull Stratos: Preliminary statistics FACTS & FIGURES (Source: Red Bull Content Pool, 16 October 2012) Altitude at which Felix Baumgartner stepped off the capsule: 39,045 meters / 128,100 feet Fastest speed achieved during freefall: 1,342.8 km/h / 833.9 mph (Mach 1.24) Time elapse before reaching speed of sound during freefall: 34 seconds Vertical distance of freefall: […]

Red Bull Stratos Felix Baumgartner Capsule and Balloon Recovery

Capsule and Balloon Recovery At nearly 30 million cubic feet / 849.505 cubic meters, the balloon that took Felix Baumgartner to his record-breaking jump altitude of 128,100 feet / 39.045 meters was three times larger than the biggest balloon ever to have ascended with a human aboard. The tiny capsule beneath it, which took five […]

Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner – The Day in Pictures

On the day that Felix Baumgartner’s jump from an altitude of 128,097 feet succeeded. The Austrian skydiver lands safely near Roswell, New Mexico after a 4:19 – minute free fall reaching an unofficial speed of 1137 km/h. Felix’s words as he exited the capsule: ”I know the whole world is watching and I wish they […]

65th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane

Felix Baumgartner has lifted off to attempt to break both the sound barrier in freefall and a 52-year-old record for highest-altitude jump after Tuesday’s aborted attempt. Baumgartner gets a new chance to jump from 36,576 meters today. The weather outlook is promising for another try at a leap, this time on a date that is […]

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 […]

Other Attempts at High-Altitude Balloon Records

ATTEMPTS AT HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON RECORDS AFTER EXCELSIOR III – the successful attempt by Col. Joseph Kittinger for the longest parachute drogue fall and the fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere, all of which still stand unless Felix Baumgartner is successful in his mission. 1961: Lt. Commander Victor Prather and Commander Malcolm Ross ascend with a balloon to 113,740 feet / 34,668 […]

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 […]