Freefall from the edge of space
It’s a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years.
In just a few hours Austrian extreme sportsman 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 speed of 690 miles / 1,110 kilometres per hour).
And he’ll make the jump while being tracked by over 30 live cameras and a host of live data telemetry. And you and I can watch it all unfold live thanks to the miracle that is the interwebs!
The Red Bull Stratos Mission was initially planned to be run yesterday (Monday, 08 October 2012) but was delayed to today due to poor weather conditions at the launch site in Roswell New Mexico. (Yes, that Roswell.) The live broadcast will begin at 14:30 SAST (12:30 GMT or 06:30 MDT in Roswell, New Mexico).
- Watch Live: The Mission will broadcast on www.redbullstratos.com, www.youtube.com/redbull, and www.redbull.tv (An app is also available on iOS & Android smartphones). Leading websites and broadcasters around the globe will also carry the live stream.
- Mobile users should use m.youtube.com/watch?v=vkJ5ItzEq3M from their browsers to watch a mobile ready feed.
- Visit the Red Bull Stratos site for a wealth of additional information, background, stats, history and images from the project too.
Personally I recommend the stream via the main Stratos site. While the video feed is the same YouTube one, the site page includes a sidebar full of additional data – speed, altitude, position, etc. You can find this feed at http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
But in case that one gets over subscribed, here’s the plain vanilla YouTube feed as well: