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In , Felix Baumgartner did a freefall jump from a height of m, smashing through eight world records and the sound barrier all in. Red Bull's Stratos 'Space Jump' Wowed the World -- While Selling a Lot Red Bull North America, said the event, called Stratos, was a natural. Running m doesn't sound like much of a challenge, does it? But what if Here's what happened at a record-breaking Red Bull in Switzerland. Find out .
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A lifetime of dry cleaning, all in one bag Red Bull describes its Stratos balloon as a forty-acre dry cleaning bag. Made out of strips of plastic film which are only. Polyester-fiber tape is used to reinforce the material. At launch the helium-filled balloon is 55 stories high, and very thin.
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As it ascends, the balloon expands, eventually holding a staggering 30, cubic feet of helium as it becomes nearly round — feet high and feet wide. Two trucks of helium are needed to inflate the balloon, a process taking nearly an hour. The balloon is remotely emptied, returned to earth, and hopefully recovered after a jump. A main and reserve chute are of course essential equipment for Baumgartner.
They are only designed to be deployed up to about mph kphso Baumgartner needs to slow down, by entering the thicker atmosphere closer to earth after about five minutes of free fall, before safely pulling his rip cord. There is a fail-safe which could have deployed the main chute if he had been moving at more than feet 35 meters per second at 2, feet meters or less altitude.
Fifteen more minutes of floating down on his parachute got Baumgartner safely on the ground.
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Baumgartner has almost certainly also set a world record for speed, as well as height. During the jump his team measured his top speed at nearly mph, well above the speed of sound and the previous record. Its high-profile stunts, sports-team ownerships and Red Bull Records label have made the brand a household name and serve as a powerful form of marketing. This daring Red Bull-sponsored leap by Felix Baumgartner drew 52 million web views as the most-watched live stream.
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Red Bull And as the brand's latest -- and greatest -- stunt proves, Red Bull's signature brand of marketing does plenty to pump up sales. Dubbed "the mission to the edge of space," it featured Felix Baumgartner making a freefall jump from 24 miles above the earth last October.
The jump broke five records, according to officials at Guinness World Records, and Mr. Baumgartner became the first human to break the sound barrier without engine power. Social media in recent years is a natural evolution of our strategy and has amplified our engagement. Felix plunged back towards earth at a speed of nearly miles per hour.
He said later the most difficult part was the extreme cold he encountered. We're going to have to do some work on that aspect," he said. The Austrian added that he also needs to work on getting accustomed to the extraordinary dimensions of space. Even though it was only a test jump for his forthcoming leap from an altitude of nearly 23 miles, Baumgartner still managed to make it into the record books. He became only the third person to leap from that altitude and survive.
The only people to successfully jump from greater heights were Russia's Eugene Andreev and American Joseph Kittinger, both of whom accomplished their feats in the s. Kittinger, a living legend now 83 years old, is serving as a mentor for the Red Bull Stratos project and was heading Baumgartner's test flight from Mission Control in Roswell. Kittinger is on the team of nearly top experts recruited from the fields of science, medicine and aerospace for the mission. The test demonstrated that not only did the capsule system function exactly as planned, but the giant stratospheric balloon did as well, as balloon launch director Ed Coca confirmed.
The delicate giant, which was inflated with helium in the early morning hours, was remotely deflated after Baumgartner's descent, exactly as planned.