10.03.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Speaking Eagle Kittinger Shares Thought on Upcoming Project Stratos Jump

Kittinger leapt from altitude of 19.5 miles, reached 614 mph in 1960 and is helping to break his own records

He was a captain in the Air Force, and the military’s Excelsior project was a test bed for the nation’s young space program. Now Joe Kittinger is Felix Baumgartner’s mentor, signing on with this new project after decades of refusing others’ requests.

Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.

Kittinger and Baumgartner

Kittinger recently wrote the following:

“My wife Sherry and I are in  Roswell, NM where we will be preparing for the Project Stratos Jump from above 120,000 feet. As you know we have already successfully completed two manned jumps from 72,000 and 97,000 feet in preparation for the next jump from near space. The balloon which has a capacity of 29 million cubic feet is huge, weighing almost 4000 pounds and standing over 700 feet above the ground on launch.

As a result, to inflate this very fragile balloon requires perfect weather and wind conditions. The earliest date that we plan on launching is 8 October just at sunup. The climb to altitude will require about 2 hours 15 minutes. Felix should go supersonic after about 30 seconds of free fall. His free fall should last about 5 minutes and 30 seconds before he opens his main parachute about 5,000 feet above the desert.

You can keep up with the progress of the project by visiting  www.redbullstratos.com

The inflation, launch, climb to altitude, and jump will be broadcast live over this web site. We expect over 300 of the media to attend the launch, including the BBC which is making a documentary of the Project and jumps.

I have worked for over four years on this project and have been honored to be a part of this historic occasion. Felix is ready, the team is ready, the capsule is ready -all we need is good weather ( and some Divine cooperation) to successfully conclude Project Stratos. We hope that you will join us by watching this exciting event.

Buoyantly,

Joe & Sherry Kittinger

 

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