So, while some of us at Casepops were enjoying ourselves at a concert, taking a break from the start-up lifestyle, someone else was preparing to set new world records. On Sunday, during what was the culmination of seven years of research and preparation, The folks at Red Bull Stratos successfully sent Felix Baumgartner to the edge of space where he then free-fell straight back to earth, breaking the speed of sound (Mach 1) along the way!
As always, we feel inspired by the world around us and by the people that are striving to raise the standard for "what's possible" up a few notches. Way to go Felix!
After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall.
While the offiial numbers are just mind-boggling, wittnessing something as small as a person free-fall from space was even more impressive. The fact that cameras were able to track his fall from so many miles away is a testament to the technology that was in play!
Upon landing, Felix had some thought-provoking words, that put the reality of the jump into perspective:
"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data...The only thing you want is to come back alive."
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