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2014-03-18 12:25:58

SCIENTIFIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ARTIFACTS ADDED TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION AT NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that the world's largest and most significant collections of aviation and space artifacts, the National Air and Space Museum in our nation's capital, will host the next and final stop of Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space exhibit and significant mission artifacts will be added to the museum's...

American IT Manager Forced To End Cross-Atlantic Cluster Balloon Flight
2013-09-13 07:22:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what may have looked like a scene from the Disney-Pixar animated movie “Up,” a North Carolina native man lifted off from a foggy field in Caribou, Maine on Thursday morning, September 12 for a cross-Atlantic flight in a lifeboat carried only by a cluster of helium-filled balloons. Jonathan Trappe, 39, an IT manager and long-time balloon enthusiast, enlisted the help of some 150 volunteers to fill more than 350 balloons with...

2012-10-17 11:20:29

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle's test operations in San Antonio, Texas, known for its decades of supporting the U.S. Air Force in high altitude research for pilot safety, assisted Sunday's record-setting 24-mile (127,000 feet) free-fall jump by Felix Baumgartner over Roswell, New Mexico. The jump at the edge of space from a balloon-tethered capsule breaks the free-fall world record of more than 19 miles (102,800 feet), set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in...

65 Years After Breaking The Speed Of Sound, Chuck Yeager Does It Again
2012-10-15 07:09:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It was a special morning on October 14, 1947 when Chuck Yeager became the first person--although often contended by aviation enthusiasts--to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager, who flew an experimental X-1 at Mach 1 at 45,000 feet, said at the time he was worried he would have been pulled from the mission if he would have let on that he was in intense pain from two broken ribs he received from falling off a horse two days...

2012-10-14 19:20:04

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for a free fall jump from higher than 120,000 feet today, Sunday, October 14 in space -- becoming the first person to free fall while breaking the sound barrier -- the National Geographic Channel and BBC detailed every second with more than 20 cameras. The footage will be combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes access following Baumgartner's four-year metamorphosis from an elite BASE jumper to an...

Felix Has Landed - Space Jump A Complete Success
2012-10-14 13:41:12

[ Watch the Video: Red Bull Stratos Jump From 128,000 Feet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team set records today, as the dare devil Felix fell from the edge of space towards Earth and broke the sound barrier. Baumgartner not only just became the first man to break the sound barrier without being inside a vehicle like a jet, but he also skydived higher than anyone has ever attempted before. It took roughly 2 hours...

Felix Baumgartner Prepares For World's Highest Skydive
2012-10-09 12:45:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch Live Here ] UPDATE Oct. 9, 2012 12:45PM: The balloon was being inflated. The live broadcast had started. But just a few moments later winds came in and ruined today's mission for Felix Baumgartner to launch towards the edge of space. Red Bull Stratos said the mission has been aborted due to "gusty winds." On the live broadcast, as the video showed the helium balloon being inflated, winds began to push the balloon and make an...

Daredevil Skydiver Gets Approval
2012-09-25 20:39:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One daredevil is planning another feat from near-space, attempting to ride a helium-filled balloon 23 miles above the Earth and then to plunge back down for the world's highest-ever skydive. Felix Baumgartner is planning to ride a helium-filled balloon from Roswell, New Mexico on October 8 in a custom-built capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet. After riding the capsule 23 miles, Baumgartner plans to step out of it and break...

Felix Baumgartner Completes Freefall From 18 Miles
2012-07-25 13:56:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After two rescheduled attempts to jump from near the edge of space, Felix Baumgartner finally lifted off this morning, rising to more than 96,000 feet in a pressurized capsule, carried by a 55-story tall balloon, and then stepped out into the clear blue heavens and dropped like rock. During the final test jump before he and the Red Bull Stratos team attempts to make a record-breaking freefall in August from 120,000 feet,...

Felix Baumgartner To Make 17-Mile Freefall
2012-07-25 11:19:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Daredevil extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner has spent years planning a jump that would take him into the record books as the only man to ever freefall from the edge of space, but before he can accomplish that hair-raising feat he will first need to make a final test fall from 17 miles -- no small leap of faith in its own right. The final test jump from 90,000 feet will occur over Roswell, New Mexico and, after two scheduled...