Felix Baumgartner crosses the channel

Mission accomplished. July 31, 2003. 06:08 a.m. local time:

In January 2010, Felix Baumgartner unveiled Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of the space and back again. He’ll ascend by balloon and free fall back to Earth, breaking world records and becoming the first person to break the sound barrier without a machine. After a delay of several months, this daring and complex adventure is finally ready for take-off.

Felix Baumgartner wants to take his pressurised balloon gondola to 36km, the highest balloon flight ever, and then leap back to Earth. No one has ever leapt from such a height before. No parachute jump will have ever lasted so long. No man has ever previously broken the sound barrier in free fall. Red Bull Stratos is following in the footsteps of Project Excelsior, which saw Colonel Joe Kittinger of the US Air Force jump from 31km on August 16, 1960. Kittinger is now Baumgartner’s mentor, the only man alive who can offer advice on a mission where the slightest error in procedure could prove fatal. Red Bull Stratos is taking all its participants way beyond their comfort zones. Since the project was announced two years ago, the team has had to contend with more challenges than it could ever have foreseen. For a short time, the project appeared to be on the point of collapse. But now Red Bull Stratos is about to get off the ground. The Red Bulletin will follow Baumgartner and his team until his record-breaking jump. This month, Part One of our story begins with a disarming interview with Baumgartner and a profile of the pioneering Kittinger. 

Felix Baumgartner crossed the Channel without any form of external drive wearing a carbon fibre wing on July31, 2003
Felix Baumgartner crossed the Channel without any form of external drive wearing a carbon fibre wing on July31, 2003

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