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Red Bull Stratos – Live Blog

Oct 14, 12 Red Bull Stratos – Live Blog

Welcome to redOrbit’s Red Bull Stratos live blog event of Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to become the first human to break the sound barrier during free fall.  Stay tuned to this page, as it updates automatically about the team’s progress, and Felix’s ascent to the atmosphere and descent back home.

Update 10/14/2012 12:16 a.m. (MDT)

The Baumgartner has landed!

Update 10/14/2012 12:15 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, and is close to touching down.

Update 10/14/2012 12:11 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now 4 minutes into flight, and has pulled is shoot safely!

Update 10/14/2012 12:09 a.m. (MDT)

Felix the dare devil is in a controlled descent now, talking back to Kittinger.

Update 10/14/2012 12:08 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is decelerating now, and is talking to mission control.

Update 10/14/2012 12:08 a.m. (MDT)

Felix has reached Mach 1!

Update 10/14/2012 12:07 a.m. (MDT)

“The whole world is watching now, I wish they could see what I can see.” – Felix said that as he jumped

Update 10/14/2012 12:06 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner is disconnecting himself from everything, and is standing up on the exterior step.

Update 10/14/2012 12:05 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now sitting his feet on the edge of the capsule, and has released the seat belt.

Update 10/14/2012 12:03 a.m. (MDT)

The door of the capsule has opened!

Update 10/14/2012 12:00 a.m. (MDT)

Because the air is so thin, they expect Felix will be able to break the sound barrier, which is a feat no man has done without being inside a vehicle like a plane.

Update 10/14/2012 11:59 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is about to jump into essentially a vacuum, taking him to speeds of Mach 1.

Update 10/14/2012 11:58 a.m. (MDT)

The Red Bull Stratos team has now asked Felix to depressurize the cabin to ambient altitude, which is 127,895 feet.

Update 10/14/2012 11:57 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner has confirmed that the suit has been pressurized.

Update 10/14/2012 11:56 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is pressurizing suit, getting ready to open the hatch.

Update 10/14/2012 11:51 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is going through the steps just before taking a leap from the edge of space.

Update 10/14/2012 11:48 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is now at 127,830 feet.

Update 10/14/2012 11:47 a.m. (MDT)

The mission team is about to do an egress check.

Update 10/14/2012 11:46 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is approaching the 125,000 mark, and has regained its speed of 1,000 feet per minute.  Red Bull Stratos will be opening a valve at the top of the balloon to try and stop the ascent.

Update 10/14/2012 11:43 a.m. (MDT)

The ascent speed is starting to slow down drastically, and the Red Bull Stratos team hasn’t updated us yet about the problem with Felix’s visor.

Update 10/14/2012 11:41 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is at 121,000 feet altitude now.

Update 10/14/2012 11:36 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule is at about 116,000 feet altitude, and around 15 minutes away from Felix reaching the point of descent.

Update 10/14/2012 11:31 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now the highest man ever in a balloon flight.

Update 10/14/2012 11:30 a.m. (MDT)

The mission is coming up on two-hours now, and Felix is just about a thousands feet shy of breaking the record for the highest manned balloon flight.

Update 10/14/2012 11:27 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is starting to lose some speed climbing, and is now just at 108,000 feet.  Felix’s visor is still having problems trying to heat up.  The mission is continuing as the team considers what its options are.

Update 10/14/2012 11:23 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule is now at 107,000 feet altitude.

Update 10/14/2012 11:20 a.m. (MDT)

Felix Baumgartner is now higher than Kittinger was on his flight over 50 years ago.

Update 10/14/2012 11:17 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now above 100,000 feet altitude.

Update 10/14/2012 11:14 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner has now surpassed his own previous record of 97,000 feet altitude.  He is now at 98,000 feet and is approaching Kittinger’s 102,800 feet record.

Update 10/14/2012 11:08 a.m. (MDT)

As the capsule rises, the temperature is actually rising, instead of dropping.

Update 10/14/2012 11:07 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is at over 90,000 feet now, and the mission is about 1.5 hours in now.

Update 10/14/2012 11:02 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now at 85,000 feet, which is about as high as the Blackbird, SR-71 will go.  Red Bull Stratos just announced that there is a minor issue with Felix’s faceplate heater.

Update 10/14/2012 10:58 a.m. (MDT)

Red Bull Stratos mission is past 80,000 feet at this point.

Update 10/14/2012 10:52 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is still climbing, and is at 77,000 feet altitude.  At this point, he could look out his window and see the black of space above him.

Update 10/14/2012 10:47 a.m. (MDT)

Felix has surpassed 72,000 feet, which is about where he jumped from at his first attempt.

Update 10/14/2012 10:41 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner is 1 hour and 10 minutes into flight at 67,000 feet altitude.  He is only a little over halfway to his jumping point.

Update 10/14/2012 10:38 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is now riding at 66,000 feet.  The cameras are already showing the curvature of the Earth.

Update 10/14/2012 10:33 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule has now reached the 63,000 feet altitude “Armstrong Line.”

Update 10/14/2012 10:31 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is at 61,000 feet and is approaching the Armstrong line.  At this line, if someone was without a pressurized suit, they would not survive at this line, which is at 63,000 feet.

Update 10/14/2012 10:26 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule is now at 59,000, and Felix is running through a simulation of what he will be doing once he reaches the edge of space and gets ready to jump.

Update 10/14/2012 10:16 a.m. (MDT)

The cabin is now at 51,000 feet altitude, and mission control has determined that “everything is in the green” and still looking good as Felix ascends to become the first man to break the sound barrier.

Update 10/14/2012 10:11 a.m. (MDT)

Felix’s capsule is now at over 45,000 feet altitude.  He is higher than commercial airlines fly.  The temperatures is 82 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit.

Update 10/14/2012 10:03 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner is up at about 39,000 feet altitude now.

Update 10/14/2012 9:47 a.m. (MDT)

Mission control says that it is going to take about 120 minutes in order to reach the “float” altitude, which is when the balloon will stop climbing, and Felix will leap out of it.

Update 10/14/2012 9:46 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule has reached a point where sky divers must use oxygen to exit a plane.

Update 10/14/2012 9:43 a.m. (MDT)

Felix has reached 18,000 feet in altitude.

Update 10/14/2012 9:42 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is currently relaying back information from the capsule back to mission control.

Update 10/14/2012 9:39 a.m. (MDT)

The capsule is being held by a tether, and it will be floated back down to Earth with a parachute.

Update 10/14/2012 9:37 a.m. (MDT)

Baumgartner is now at around 11,600 feet seven minutes into the flight.  Mission control has said that all systems are go.

Update 10/14/2012 9:35 a.m. (MDT)

The temperature outside the Red Bull Stratos capsule has already gone down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Update 10/14/2012 9:34 a.m. (MDT)

Felix is reaching an altitude of 8,300 feet, and he is talking with Joe Kittinger, who currently holds the record for the highest sky dive.

Update 10/14/2012 9:33 a.m. (MDT)

This is the first time in history a balloon this large has been launched with a man attached.

Update 10/14/2012 9:32 a.m. (MDT)

Altitude has reached 5,000 feet

Update 10/14/2012 9:30 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is rising, 200-feet of line is tightening, and we now have release!

Update 10/14/2012 9:29 a.m. (MDT)

Red Bull Stratos team is getting Felix Baumgartner ready, and it looks like we will have an earlier liftoff than what was predicted an hour ago.

Update 10/14/2012 9:15 a.m. (MDT)

Red Bull Stratos just announced that the new launch time is set for 10:00 a.m. (MDT), but that they may be moving that even closer up if the weather keeps as it is.

Update 10/14/2012 8:51 a.m. (MDT)

After fighting more winds this morning 700 feet in the air, the Red Bull Stratos team has announced they are filling up the balloon in hopes of attempting Felix’s jump from the edge of space again today.

Update 10/09/2012 11:44 a.m. (MDT)

Uh oh, looks as though more winds have come to Roswell, and the mission is officially aborted.  Come back tomorrow, and let’s hope for better weather in New Mexico.   Red Bull’s Mike Jacobs, the mission coordinator, said it is an aborted mission due to “gusty winds.”

Update 10/09/2012 11:39 a.m. (MDT)

The balloon is being inflated, and I’m sure Felix is mentally preparing himself at this moment for his journey towards the edge of space.

Update 10/09/2012 11:36 a.m. (MDT)

Weather is better, and it looks as though Felix is prepped and ready to launch.

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