NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO BY GOPRO OF FELIX BAUMGARTNER’S RED BULL STRATOS JUMP OF 2012.
Video By: Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos and GoPro: See below for links.
On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos rode a helium filled balloon to 127,851 feet (23.3 miles) into the New Mexico sky, opened the hatch to his specially designed capsule, stepped to the edge and looked around before uttering the words “I know the whole world is watching now. I wish you could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to be up really high to understand how small you are… I’m coming home now.” and stepping off.
As he falls you will notice that even though he’s moving hundreds of miles per hour the air is so thin that his space suit which was made by the David Clark Company in Worcester MA, doesn’t even move with the wind. This lack of atmosphere during free fall is actually what allowed him to reach the supersonic speed of Mach 1.24 or 833.9 mph with his body. A great fact is that this achievement was 65 years to the day when Chuck Yeager became the 1st to break the speed of sound in the Bell X-1 in 1947. This speed would be fatal at lower altitudes because of the resistance on the body. As he gets lower you will see the suit begin to flap in the denser atmosphere.
In the process Felix became the 1st person to go supersonic with only his body. He also broke USAF Colonel Joe Kittinger’s world record for highest jump. Joe Kittinger was Felix’s mentor throughout the whole five year project. Felix also broke Nicholas Piantanida’s record for highest manned balloon flight. Interestingly, with speed comes consequences; Felix’s 4:22 free fall was well short of the record set by Kittinger of 4:36.
Though this feat was touted as the “Mission to the Edge of Space”, the reality is that his jump from 23.3 miles, however incredible, is well short of the 100 kilometer (62 mile) above sea level “Karman Line” designation of space.
The capsule and pressure suit used in this event are on display in Houston T.X. at the privately run Space Center Houston.
Red Bull Stratos: http://www.redbullstratos.com/
David Clark Company: http://www.davidclark.com/
Space Center Houston: http://spacecenter.org/