October 16, 2013
POV Video Of Felix Baumgartner Record Jump Released By Red Bull
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Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Last October Felix Baumgartner made his awe-inspiring leap from 120,000 feet above Earth as he broke the sound barrier and shattered both world records and expectations.
Now, over a year later, Baumgartner’s corporate sponsor has released a point of view video of what the most extreme BASE jumper saw as he plummeted towards Earth. The video, over nine minutes long, shows Baumgartner experiencing serene free fall, some rather violent conditions as he reaches a certain altitude, and then deploying his chute before touching down.
The video is released as a part of Red Bull’s documentary, “Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull’s Stratos.” The entire documentary is freely available to anyone in exchange for his or her Facebook login credentials through streaming music partner Rdio.
The latest Red Bull video offers three points of view in concert with mission data such as altitude, airspeed, G-force pressure and Baumgartner’s heart rate. It plays out mostly as one would expect; quietly and without any fanfare, Baumgartner simply steps off of his platform, floating 128,000 feet above earth, and begins to fall.
In the beginning his descent is relatively peaceful, but somewhere around the 27-second mark into his dive (or 112,000 feet) he begins to spin rapidly. This is followed by some turbulence and plenty of air noise until he is able to work his way through it. From there, the rest of the video offers great views of the Earth from high above.
It’s during the most turbulent part of his dive that his heart monitor registers zero for a moment or two before rocketing back up. His biomed registered zero heart rate once more, though for a split second, once he reached 36,000 feet.
Once at a more comfortable altitude -- around 12,500 feet -- Baumgartner deploys his chute and floats peacefully to the ground. From here the sound of helicopters takes over the sound of rushing wind as his team comes to both congratulate and check on him.
Red Bull’s new documentary isn’t the first to chronicle Baumgartner’s leap from space. National Geographic aired a two-hour-long program one month after the historic jump, which showed the four-year process leading up to October 14, 2012. The BBC also created a documentary about the event.
Documentary crews had plenty of material to work with. The entire nine minute jump was the product of many years of preparations and test jumps.
Before the record-breaking final jump, Baumgartner had jumped from 71,000 feet and 97,000 feet in test runs, but repairs to the capsule and weather conditions continued to push back his historic leap until October.
On that fateful day, Australian born Baumgartner, then 43, flew two hours and twenty minutes in his capsule to a peak of 128,000 feet above Earth. On his descent back to terra firma, Baumgartner easily broke the sound barrier before pulling the rip cord on his parachute.