Watch a Man Freefall from the Edge of Space
Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
If the weather conditions are right you will be able to watch the launch on the live stream below from 5:30AM PT/12:30PM GMT.
UPDATE: Launch has now been delayed until 8:00AM(MDT) / 14:00PM GMT
Almost nothing is “off the shelf”. Successfully completing a supersonic freefall from the edge of space is an incredible challenge requiring technologically advanced equipment. Sage Cheshire Aerospace built the Red Bull Stratos capsule and continues to develop other vital systems on site. A pressurized space suit engineered especially for this mission by David Clark Co. is one of the key pieces of technology that could serve future generations of space travelers. Everything from a parachute that “thinks” for you with automatic safety systems, to a built-in gravity meter tasked with saving Felix’s life was built on historical knowledge with the goal of preventing the “what-if’s” inherent in a pioneering mission like this.
All camera systems being used for the Red Bull Stratos mission have been personally designed and developed by the mission’s director of high-altitude photography, Jay Nemeth of FlightLine Films. One of only a handful of “zero-G” qualified cameramen, Jay Nemeth has logged zero-gravity flights for various projects, including a shoot with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In addition to being comfortable in zero-G and high-G environments, he is familiar with the specific camera systems that work well in these conditions.
FlightLine Films offers long-range optical tracking, zero-gravity qualified crews and HD cameras for use in the cold vacuum of space, as well as housings that allow traditional motion picture cameras to operate in that hostile environment.
Camera and communications systems are essential to establish visual contact with Felix Baumgartner, to document the mission’s progress in real time and for future review, and to broadcast the images to a global audience.
Nine high-definition cameras
Three 4K (4,000 x 2,000-pixel) digital cinematography cameras
Three high-resolution digital still cameras
Pressurized electronics “keg” containing more than 125 electronic components and approximately two miles of wiring
Three small high-definition video cameras: one on each thigh and one on Felix’s chest pack