If there was ever a subject made for Hollywood movies, Space would be that subject. Armageddon, Apollo 13 and Star Wars are but a few examples of fiction created to, at least temporarily, satisfy man’s obsession with going beyond its limits and exploring the Universe. But what happens when fiction becomes a reality; when one man’s attempt to transcend human limits takes him to a free-fall from the edge of space? Come in champion skydiver Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos…
The first man to break the sound barrier
Supported by a team of experts – including the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering… and balloon making (!) – Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a free-fall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. The Red Bull Stratos mission – to be launched from Roswell, New Mexico – aims to explore the effects of acceleration to supersonic velocity on humans and provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
As for the website charting this adventure, it’s an interactive treat: it allows users to explore the mission, find out the progress it’s doing and do some research on scientific and technological matters. It’s as close as you’re going to get to this soon-to-be stratospheric daredevil and his science-bending quest. Wanna feel like an astronaut? Training’s completely out of fashion: click here, get yourself to Red Bull Stratos, and join the mission!