OMSI will offer daredevils and space exploration enthusiasts alike the opportunity to watch a record-breaking supersonic skydive on Tuesday, October 9, starting at 5:30 a.m. Together with a team of aerospace experts, Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner will attempt to jump from a balloon in the stratosphere from an altitude of 120,000 feet and perform a record-breaking freefall.
OMSI will show the jump live in the planetarium via the Red Bull Stratos website beginning at 5:30 a.m. with the jump scheduled at 7 a.m. PDT. Admission for the live viewing is free. The event is weather-permitting and will be confirmed by 5 a.m. Please check the mission website
for possible cancellations.
The Red Bull Stratos mission will see 35 cameras used to live stream the 23 mile fall from the edge of space. The planned four-hour broadcast will see Baumgartner wear three point-of-view cameras along with further images broadcase from the launch capsule, a helicopter and high-altitude infrared and HD tracking systems.
Baumgartner wants to become the first person to break the speed of sound without the protection of an aircraft while simultaneously collecting data never obtained before for the advancement of medical science. After testing in an elaborate altitude (vacuum) chamber in Texas, the mission will take place in Roswell, New Mexico due to favorable weather and location conditions. Perfect weather conditions are needed for the delicate 850,000 cubic meters helium balloon, which is made of plastic that has 1/10th the thickness of a Ziploc bag.
Mission Red Bull Stratos will attempt to break four records at the same time that have remained unbroken for more than 50 years:
- The highest manned balloon flight (120,000 feet)
- The highest skydive
- The first person to break the speed of sound during freefall
- The longest freefall (about 5 minutes 30 seconds)
Colonel Joe Kittinger set the original freefall record from 102,800 feet during his historic “Excelsior III” project in 1960. That project proved to be instrumental in advancing research that led to improvements in safety for people in near space environments as well as improvements in development of space suits. Kittinger has been an advisor to the Red Bull Stratos project from the very beginning and serves as a mentor to the 41-year-old Baumgartner.
The team will share its findings and breakthroughs in the areas of aviation, aerospace, and medical science with communities around the world. The mission aims to:
- Aid development of a new generation of space suits, including enhanced mobility and visual clarity, and parachute systems that lead to passenger crew exits from space
- Aid development of protocols for exposure to high altitude/high acceleration
- Aid exploration of the effects of supersonic acceleration and subsequent deceleration on the human body, including development of the latest innovations in parachute systems
Learn more about the mission at the official Red Bull Stratos website