HISTORY TV18 & in.com to officially broadcast 'Red Bull Stratos'
Red Bull India today announced their association with HISTORY TV18 and In.com to become official broadcast partner for Red Bull Stratos in India. The channel will broadcast Felix Baumgartner’s jump live from stratosphere at 5:50 pm on 9th October 2012.
After testing for over 5 years and planning since 2005, the world will witness Felix Baumgartner’s attempt at creating history. Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a free fall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
The team of experts who built this one-of-a-kind technology include retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Felix will strive to break. Joe's record jump from 102,800 ft. in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space.
Felix has already set a world record during his test jump by successfully jumping from 18 miles / 29 kilometres above the Earth 97,145 feet / 29,610 meters, freefalling as fast as a commercial airliner - 536 miles per hour / 864 kilometres per hour (latest figures sanctioned by USPA and NAA). This test jump was a significant achievement in ballooning history but it also proved that safety and recovery systems are functional in preparation for the 120,000 feet attempt. In March of this year, Felix completed the first manned jump, a culmination of testing equipment, the team, and the procedures together under real flight conditions. Felix is only the third person to have ever jumped from 71,615 ft.
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