We’ve recently seen one of those events that captures the attention of millions across the world and keeps them glued to TV screens, monitors, tablets and phones for updates and info about the latest developments.
Like a miniature version of the Olympics fever that gripped Britain this summer, Felix Baumgarter’s record-breaking skydive over the New Mexico desert last week was a story which had people waiting with baited breath to see if the daredevil/madman had managed to pull of the achievement of being the first person to break the sound barrier in a high-altitude freefall.
The Red Bull Stratos website is the definitive place to go for facts, figures and replays of the Austrian’s sound barrier-breaking skydive, beautifully put together and presented in an easy-to-absorb design.
The highlight?A video clip taken from Baumgartner’s head-mounted camera that shows him tipping himself over the edge of his capsule and accelerating rapidly towards the earth. The footage is both mesmerising and unnerving, perhaps unsuitable for those who suffer from vertigo.
With Felix himself having jumped from such a height that the sky was dark around him and the curvature of the earth could be seen, the video clip on the site looks not unlike the early Apollo missions, a feeling exacerbated by the space-suit like clothing that he wore to perform the feat.
Extra content includes footage of the project’s crew recovering the high-altitude balloon after it fell to earth and detailed descriptions of the speeds that Baumgartner achieved whilst falling. Red Bull Stratos is a fantastic resource that provides an exhaustive amount of information about an incredible achievement that caught the imagination of millions, not unlike those early Apollo missions themselves.