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That’s One ‘Out of This World’ Feat!

Red Bull Media House is launching a new Red Bull Stratos documentary, one year on from the Red Bull Stratos mission which saw Felix Baumgartner step off a capsule in the stratosphere and freefall to earth.  The Red Bull Stratos mission was one of the most ground-breaking, innovative projects the world has ever seen. It broke several world records, including:

  • first person to break the speed of sound in freefall
  • the maximum vertical speed
  • the vertical distance of freefall
  • the highest exit jump at altitude
  • he most watched video, with 7.3 million viewers watching live on YouTube at one time

New scientific data has now been revealed which has shown that:

  • Baumgartner’s heartbeat reached a maximum of 185 beats per minute when he exited the capsule, and ranged from 155 to 175 bpm during freefall
  • pre-launch, his heartbeat was 40 to 100 bpm
  • his respiratory rate hit a maximum of 30 to 43 breathes per minute during the freefall
  • he experienced 25.2 seconds of absolute weightlessness during the initial stage of freefall
  • he experienced a period of turning and spinning that reached a maximum rate of 60 revolutions per minute, putting the 43 year old in a ‘flat spin’ position for about 13 seconds

The mission achieved many scientific innovation milestones, such as:

  • the development and validation of pressure suit and personal parachute rig innovations
  • the development and validation of pressure suit and personal parachute rig innovations
  • the development of new medical treatment protocols, including a protocol for the condition of ebullism anticipated to become the new standard of care
  • the introduction of a ‘reefed’ parachute system to the task of high-altitude payload recovery, offering potential benefits for both passengers and cargo

Felix Baumgartner stepped off the capsule on 14th October 2012 at 38,969.4 metres / 127,852.4 feet, and reached a speed of around 1,357.6 kph / 843.6 mph during freefall.

It took him 34 seconds to reach the speed of sound during freefall, and 50 seconds to reach maximum speed.

Overall he spent 4 minutes 20 seconds in freefall, pulling his chute at approx 5,000 feet / 1,525 metres above ground level. He did it all at a temperature of -95.62 Fahrenheit / -70.9 Celcius.

The documentary, entitled “Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos”, will be free to download on Rdio for two months from 14th October. Register to watch the full documentary at www.rdio.com/redbullstratos

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