FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Oct 05, 2012
Sportsnet to Broadcast Red Bull Stratos: Record-Breaking Skydive from the Edge of Space, Oct. 9
– Sportsnet to provide exclusive Canadian coverage of live historic mission to dare human limits of endurance –
– Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner to attempt world's highest-ever skydiveof 120,000 feet from the edge of space and break the speed of sound in free fall-
– Red Bull Stratos aiming to break four world records in total –
TORONTO (October 5, 2012) Sportsnet is on a mission to rewrite history, with exclusive Canadian coverage of Red Bull Stratos – a scientific voyage featuring a jump from the edge of space that will transcend human limits that have existed for more than 50 years.Launch date is set for Tuesday, October 9; as the nature of the event is contingent on the weather, Sportsnet will announce final broadcast details within 24 hours of the confirmed mission time.
Supported by a team of experts, skydiving extremist Felix Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a record-breaking jump rushing towards earth in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in a freefall while providing valuable medical and scientific research data for future aerospace programs.
Baumgartner’s attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to break four world records:
· Highest Manned Balloon Flight (expected minimum of 120,000 feet)
· Free Fall from Highest Altitude (expected minimum of 120,000 feet)
· Supersonic Speed in Freefall (expected: Mach 1, approx. 690mph or faster)
· Longest Freefall Time (expected: 5 minutes, 35 seconds or more)
The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world's leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Baumgartner will strive to break. Kittinger made history on August, 16, 1960 with a parachute jump from 102,800 feet above earth.
Red Bull Stratos is a five-year mission in the making as Baumgartner and Red Bull began to lay the groundwork for a stratospheric free fall to expand the boundaries of human flight in 2005.
For all the latest news, features, factsheets still images and moving images, please visit the Red Bull Stratos Newsroom: www.RedBullStratosnewsroom.com
I for one will get up to see this live.I heard it was at 8:00 am eastern Tuesday morning,unless there are changes in the weather.
This should be awsome to see.I assume they will have cameras everywhere so we get all angles of this momentous event.
Anyone else gonna watch?