So here’s a first. The Redbull Stratos mission, which promises the excitement of three world records including highest manned balloon flight, highest skydive, and first man to become supersonic via freefall, beamed to you live via loads of HD GoPro’s strapped to the man himself, has been stalled by wind.
The last thrilling 5 hours have seen a lovely blue sky over area 51 (point the camera down and we’re all executed). The current feed dramatically displays a countdown leading towards zero when finally…! We get to watch the back of Felix Baumgartners head for the entire 3 hours it takes to sod off to the edge of space.
All jokes aside though, this is a genuine first for manned exploration and its interaction with live internet video. The fact that you can watch live as Felix leaps from 120,000ft (that’s like, 30 x the height of Ben Nevis yo) is awesome in itself. Let’s hope nothing goes wrong with the equipment on the way down, either Felix’s breathing apparatus or the digiSLR strapped to his head. Not the ending we’re all rooting for. ‘Mon the Bull!