Red Bull Stratos is a scientific mission to 120,000 ft. Jumping from a stratospheric balloon Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the speed of sound in freefall.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 120,000 ft will be the ultimate scientific experiment in a near-space environment.

Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will see Felix Baumgartner ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground.

His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.

50 years ago, Joe Kittinger made history as he ascended to 102,800 feet in a high-altitude balloon and jumped to Earth.

Joe’s record jump from 102,800 ft in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space. Joe was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and had already taken a balloon to 97,000 feet in Project ManHigh and survived a drogue mishap during a jump from 76,400 feet in Excelsior I. The Excelsior III mission was his 33rd parachute jump.

Although researching extremes was part of the program’s goals, setting records wasn’t the mission’s purpose. Joe ascended in helium balloon launched from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola. Scientific data captured from Joe’s jump was shared with U.S. research personnel for development of the space program.

Now sharing his knowledge to help address the challenges of Red Bull Stratos, and as “Capcom” (capsule communications) he will be Mission Control’s primary point of radio contact with Felix Baumgartner during ascent.

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