Red Bull Stratos – Aborted
The Red Bull Stratos Mission has been aborted due to high winds. According to the mission’s website “Today, the launch of the Red Bull Stratos capsule had to be stopped at 11:42 a.m. local time in Roswell, New Mexico just before Felix Baumgartner’s giant 30 million cubic foot balloon had been fully inflated and made ready for take off. From early morning the team postponed the launch due to strong winds at 700 feet – the balloon’s top – waiting for the right weather window to open. The launch was scheduled for 11:40 a.m., the balloon inflation had begun, and then gusty winds picked up and made a launch impossible.”
Human beings always try to push the limits of what we can do. Years ago people would have never dreamnt of flight let alone space exploration. Now we are about to witness a human being skydive from space and attempt to break the speed of sound. This isn’t the first time a human has tried this. But just not at this height. In 1960 U.S. Air Force Colonel, John Kittinger, jumped from 102, 800 feet. According to redbullstratos.com“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.”
Out of all places to choose for a launch site. Red Bull has chosen to launch Felix’s balloon in Roswell,New Mexico. No word on when the next window for launch will be.
But stay tuned for it to happen soon. For now watch some videos leading up to the launch.