New Video Shows Baumgartner's 24-Mile Supersonic Space Jump
A new video lets you experience Baumgartner's terrifying 24-mile free-fall from space.
A new video gives viewers a first person perspective on what daredevil Felix Baumgartner experienced on his historic 24-mile supersonic space jump. The video was released by GoPro, a leading manufacturer of wearable video cameras for the extreme sports industry, and was filmed using seven GoPro video cameras attached to Baumgartner's balloon and spacesuit. Brief clips of the video were used in a GoPro commercial that aired during this weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII; but the full, sub-titled video depicts the entire free fall, including a harrowing spin out and recovery, breathtaking views of the earth from 24 miles up, and Baumgartner falling away from the camera at mind-boggling speed.
On October 14th, 2012, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon on the edge of space, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier in unpowered free-fall, as well as setting records for the highest manned balloon flight, and the highest altitude parachute jump. The stunt was funded by Red Bull, a company well known for promoting and sponsoring extreme sports and cutting-edge athletes as part of its marketing strategy.
Data from the jump were gathered by various monitors, in the name of advancing scientific knowledge in the area of aerospace travel. Some of the data from these monitors is shown at the bottom of the screen, including Baumgartner's insanely jacked heart-rate and breathing, his tremendous airspeed, and the mind-numbing speed with which he loses altitude. Communications between Baumgartner and his ground team are also played over the video's soundtrack, and shown as subtitles. This video may inspire a touch of vertigo, or it may just inspire, but it's eight minutes of your life well spent.
Source: Youtube, GoPro, Red Bull
I'm really surprised it took this long for the footage to be released. I understand it's use for the Superb Owl game, but it's been more than a year since the jump.
That said, holy hell...
I'd wondered why no in-depth video footage had been released on this. Guess GoPro had a lock on it.
While this is a well-edited piece, I'd really like to see the unedited footage. The minute cuts really destroy the continuity.
I remember watching this live and being blown away. I was just blown away again. Incredible feat. Takes your breath away.
I think my favorite parts are the Darth Vader breathing sounds.
I hate heights; I mean I'm deathly afraid of high places. With that in mind that was beyond awesome. Just amazing. I would love to try it, but I'd probably have a heart attack.
I hate how heavily edited it is. I'd like to just see straight footage of him falling. Would be great to see what Baumgartner was seeing.
That was one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen.
an interesting thing i noticed is that earth looks extremely segregated into squares for some reason. i wonder what is causing such effect? it looks as if you were looking at arable fields from a plane.
this seems like extremist for sake of extremism in risking your life pointlessly.