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[i]Red Bull Stratos is a scientific mission to 120,000 ft. Jumping from a stratospheric balloon one man will attempt to break the speed of sound in freefall.[/i]
[i]Red Bull Stratos seeks to advance scientific discoveries in aerospace for the benefit of mankind.
The purpose of the Red Bull Stratos mission is to transcend human limits.
His successful feat on Oct. 14, 2012 holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
Although researching extremes was part of the program's goals, setting records wasn't the mission's purpose.
Today Felix and his specialized team want to take what was learned from Joe's jumps more than 50 years ago, and combine that with data acquired during Felix's supersonic freefall.[/i]
[i]"Red Bull Stratos medical director Dr. Jonathan Clark, who was the crew surgeon for six Space Shuttle flights, wants to explore the effects of acceleration to supersonic velocity on humans: "We'll be setting new standards for aviation. Never before has anyone reached the speed of sound without being in an aircraft. Red Bull Stratos is testing new equipment and developing the procedures for inhabiting such high altitudes as well as enduring such extreme acceleration. The aim is to improve the safety for space professionals as well as potential space tourists."[/i]
[i]Red Bull Stratos aims to provide information that will further the progression of aerospace safety. The key benefits for the science community are as follows:
- To aid development of a new generation of space suits - including enhanced mobility and visual clarity - and other systems to lead toward passenger/crew exit from space.
- To aid development of protocols for exposure to high altitude/high acceleration.
- To aid exploration of the effects on the human body of supersonic acceleration and deceleration, including development of the latest innovations in parachute systems.[/i]
[i]Although researching extremes was part of the program's goals, setting records wasn't the mission's purpose.[/i]
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