Red Bull Stratos One Year Anniversary
14th October 2013 marked the the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner's supersonic free-fall from the stratosphere.
I am sure anyone whi watched the fall last year remember exactly where they were and how they felt. I was in Copenhagen at the time and glad I was back in my hotel room in time to watch it live online along with thousands of people around the world. I still remember gasping and getting a lump in my throat when he jumped off.
To celebrate the one year anniversary, Red Bull released this 9 minute video of of the fall as seen through the eyes of Felix Baumgartner as he completed his world record breaking jump from the stratosphere.
Additionally, a full length documentary, "Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos" was also released which can be viewed on Rdio.com (annoyingly, you must have an account, or sign up to get one to be able to watch it). Click on the image below to link to the site to watch it.
Alternatively, you can watch this BBC documentary which was aired few months after the jump.
The BBC documentary is very good and goes back four years folloiwng the preparation and the tension leading to the jump. Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos looks and feels like a corporate video, but includes a lot of very fascinating technical details and lots of behind the scenes.
Both documentaries show how much work went into Red Bull Stratos and the several tests and attempts that eventually led to the record-breaking 128,100 ft free-fall from the edge of space to Earth. But most importantly, the two documentaries highlight and celebrate the team that supported Felix Baumgartner, like Colonel Joe Kittinger, who made history himself in 1960 when he ascended to 102,800 feet in a high-altitude balloon and jumped to Earth, setting four world records; Art Thompson, the Red Bull Stratos Technical Project Manager; Luke Aikens, the skydiving consultant to name a few. You can read about the whole team here. Hats off to every single one of them.