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Red Bull Skydiving Mission from Edge of Space a Success

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What did you do yesterday?

Austrian energy drink company Red Bull on Sunday celebrated the successful execution of its 'Mission to the Edge of Space' project. Also known as Red Bull Stratos, the mission saw 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner ascend 24 miles into the stratosphere and sky dive back down. Baumgartner set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight on his way up, and records for parachute jump from the highest altitude and greatest free fall velocity on the way down.

 

Baumgartner had help from one Colonel Joe Kittinger, the man who held the previous records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere. Kittinger achieved his records in 1960 while taking part a military project called Project Excelsior. Kittinger communicated with Baumgartner while he was in the capsule on his way up and during the process of the jump. He also communicated with him while he was on the way down.

All told, a record-breaking eight million people watched the stunt happen live via YouTube. This is in addition to the millions that watched via television broadcast partnerships established with broadcasters and Red Bull. The event also saw Red Bull gain 180,000 YouTube subscribers in the last seven days.

Red Bull says that all told, there were over 35 moving and still image cameras documenting the mission, including two ground-based optical tracking systems that allowed viewers to track Felix's entire freefall, and five POV cameras on Felix's body, which recorded his entire freefall experience.

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    stingstang , October 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    I'm pretty sure we're all well informed of what happened yesterday, tom's.
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    bluekoala , October 16, 2012 12:13 AM
    stuartlOuter space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.

    In all fairness, he ran out of sky to climb in.
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    SneakySnake , October 16, 2012 12:21 AM
    stuartlOuter space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.


    The air pressure was 0.07 psi or something like it, nearly nothing. He can see the curvature of the earth, etc.

    I'd call that close to space :p 
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    stingstang , October 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    I'm pretty sure we're all well informed of what happened yesterday, tom's.
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    jhansonxi , October 15, 2012 11:22 PM
    I caught the live feed just as they were nearing the zenith of the flight. The craft was a bit higher than planned because Felix had problems getting the door to open. He had some problems spinning on the way down (couldn't control flight well due to the thin air) but straightened out and became stable. He had some problems with his visor fogging and seemed to have problems with radio communications which probably eroded his confidence a bit, leading him to deploy his parachute early and missing the freefall time record. He stated in an interview that he has to fight the urge to deploy the chute early.
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    thecolorblue , October 15, 2012 11:24 PM
    stingstangI'm pretty sure we're all well informed of what happened yesterday, tom's.

    ^ +1
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    stuartl , October 15, 2012 11:36 PM
    Outer space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.
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    freggo , October 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    THG news now officially slower than the print media :-)

    Oh well, I still stop by every morning for my geek news. Keep up the overall good work guys!
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    bluekoala , October 16, 2012 12:12 AM
    I'm surprised this didn't pop up in the THG news 2 weeks from now.
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    bluekoala , October 16, 2012 12:13 AM
    stuartlOuter space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.

    In all fairness, he ran out of sky to climb in.
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    house70 , October 16, 2012 12:21 AM
    stingstangI'm pretty sure we're all well informed of what happened yesterday, tom's.

    Really, I mean, this thing was ALL OVER the internet, yet it took Tom's more than 24 hours to post about it.
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    SneakySnake , October 16, 2012 12:21 AM
    stuartlOuter space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.


    The air pressure was 0.07 psi or something like it, nearly nothing. He can see the curvature of the earth, etc.

    I'd call that close to space :p 
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    frish , October 16, 2012 12:26 AM
    Yeah, toms seems pretty slow for a lot of news. I often hear a lot of it on other sites beforehand.
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    halcyon , October 16, 2012 1:38 AM
    nebunat what does this prove?...absolutely nothing....just imagine the profit they are making off these overpriced energy drinks if they can afford to waste such a large amount of money

    Go stand in the naughty corner for trolling.
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    adgjlsfhk , October 16, 2012 2:19 AM
    To me it seems like a company who's motto is "redbull gives you wings" shouldn't have people breaking the sound barrier by falling.
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    digiex , October 16, 2012 4:41 AM
    It was just proven that that human traveling in the speed of sound in a spacesuit is possible.
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2012 9:40 AM
    ofcourse its possible everyone with brains knew that already, this was just a marketing stunt nothing else. NASA did this in the 60s, if there was anything left to discover of scientific interest by going a tiny bit higher and faster then they would have done it already.
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    cats_Paw , October 16, 2012 10:30 AM
    I dont see why there was so much hype about this. Its sometihng interesting, no doubt, but there are far more amzing things going on that we almost never hear about in the world of science.

    Oh the other side, the guy got some balls. If i was up there id probalbly go "F--- this, get me back on earth".
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    darkguset , October 16, 2012 12:30 PM
    house70Really, I mean, this thing was ALL OVER the internet, yet it took Tom's more than 24 hours to post about it.


    Seriously people, are you waiting for live feed? If you want live cover switch on your TV, or Google it or something. Tom's Hardware is a "newspaper", some news will pop up AFTER they happen, not WHILE they are happening.

    Get over it!
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    mrmaia , October 16, 2012 12:52 PM
    I'm going to buy a few thousand Red Bull cans ASAP just because they financed this mission. Oh wait.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , October 16, 2012 2:05 PM
    Quote:

    Outer space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space

    Actually, since earths atmosphere begins at that supposed altitude it technically means space ends there. Therefor it technically is still a edge of space
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , October 16, 2012 3:34 PM
    stuartlOuter space "starts" at 327,360' he was nowhere close to the edge of space.

    Lets see you do better lol
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