Red Bull Stratos – Mission to the Edge of Space
UPDATE: Red Bull Stratos has aborted mission for Tuesday due to gusty winds! –@RedBullStratos
UPDATE: Meteorologist Don Day confirmed a Thursday launch is not possible. The next weather window opens on Sunday October 14th –@RedBullStratos
Scroll down to watch the live feed of Felix Baumgartner’s jump HERE!
All photo credits to the Red Bull Stratos Facebook Page
On Tuesday 9th October at 8pm (Singapore time), RED BULL STRATOS will attempt to make history.
Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 ft (36.576 m) and make a record-breaking freefall jump, attempting to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall. This is a scientific and human challenge at the edge of space and an exploration into the unknown.
MEET THE MAN- Felix Baumgartner
- First person to complete a freefall flight across the English Channel using carbon wings
- Holds the world record for the highest (Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur/Taipei 101 tower) and lowest (Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue) base jumps
FOUR WORLD RECORDS TO BE BROKEN
- Reaching supersonic speed in freefall (breaking the sound barrier)
- Highest manned balloon flight
- Longest freefall
- Freefall from highest altitude
MISSION or PUBLICITY STUNT?
Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking freefall jump will provide valuable scientific data for the both the science and medical community
- It will aid in the development of a new generation of space suits including enhances mobility and visual clarity, as well as the latest innovations in parachute systems and other equipment which could possibly lead to passenger crew exit from space
- To aid in the developments of protocols for exposure to high altitude/accleration
- To aid in exploration of the effects of supersonic acceleration and subsequent deceleration on the human body
HOW TO WATCH THIS HISTORIC JUMP LIVE AND WHAT TO EXPECT?
Come back to this post tomorrow 9th October at 8pm and watch it HERE!
- 8pm onwards: Launch window opens
- 8.30pm onwards: Capsule takes off with Stratospheric Balloon
- 8.30pm – 10.30pm : Ascent to 120,000 ft / 36,000 m streamed LIVE with clips on the mission and the science behind it
- 11pm onwards: Felix Baumgartner to make the jump and go supersonic, breaking the sound barrier. The freefall will take about 6 minutes and it will take him 10 minutes to land once he deploys his parachute.
And…THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!
In conjunction with Red Bull Stratos, we were given a chance to experience a miniscule version of what Felix Baumgartner will be going through, with our own ‘skydiving’ experience at iFly Singapore! And I will be back to blog about that soon so look out for it!
Meanwhile, here’s a little teaser and DONT FORGET to check back here tomorrow, 9th October at 8pm to watch the longest freefall jump in the history of mankind.