Mission to the Edge of Space – 24 Hours Before Launch

Tomorrow morning, the Red Bull Stratos program will attempt to bring Felix Baumgartner back from the edge of space with a record shattering 120,000 foot skydive. The video above from Red Bull is a great glimpse into the few hours before the jump, gathering sentiments from Felix’s family and friends. Stratos mission support staff appear to be eagerly awaiting a greenlight in Roswell, New Mexico for tomorrow morning.

Current skydive record-holder Joe Kittinger will be at Stratos mission control supporting the endeavor with wise words and keen insight. Joe Kittinger’s skydiving record currently stands at 102,800 feet. Felix Baumgartner’s parents will also be watching in Roswell, anticipating the moment Felix arrives safely back to Earth.

Mrs. Baumgartner eloquently describes her feelings for tomorrow:

I hope the weather is good and we can have the jump so that afterwards calm will return to the Baumgartners.

We wish Felix, his family, and the Red Bull Stratos mission staff all the luck, they have been preparing for years for this moment in history. We hope tomorrow brings clear skies, calm winds, and an uneventful skydive from the edge of space. To watch the livestream, tune in tomorrow starting at 5:o0am PT on Red Bull’s YouTube channel.

Red Bull Stratos Record-Breaking Statistics

  • During freefall Felix Baumgartner will accelerate from 0 to 690 miles per hour in 40 seconds or less
  • Felix will travel at supersonic speeds for approximately one minute
  • Freefall will last around 5.5 minutes
  • Felix Baumgartner will jump from 120,000 ft, that height is over 4x the height of Mt. Everest (29,029 ft)

All images and video are copyright © Red Bull. My wife and I met Joe Kittinger and Felix Baumgartner earlier this year, check out this post for more pics and info.

Posted By Dennis Bonilla

Dennis Bonilla has been a user experience designer, software developer, and digital strategist and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for a VR start-up. Dennis co-founded Unified Pop Theory with his friends. Dennis is a trend finder and idea maker who is inspired by individuals that believe the world can be changed one great project at a time. Dennis can be reached on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

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