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Robert Pearlman
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Red Bull supersonic 'space jump' suit and Stratos capsule on display in Houston

The Red Bull Stratos pressurized capsule and spacesuit that Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner used to break the speed the sound while free-falling from the stratosphere last October are now on public display for the first time.

The Stratos "space jump" capsule and pressure suit made its world premiere as a museum exhibit on Friday (May 3) at Space Center Houston, the privately-run, official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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Some additional photos to those presented in the article:

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posted 05-06-2013 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will this be a permanent addition, or will this exhibit travel?

Robert Pearlman
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According to Space Center Houston, there is no closing date set (yet), but will be on display "through the summer."

There has been no mention (yet) of additional venues.

Update: Future tour stops may include Huntsville, Chicago and Los Angeles (not necessarily in that order) before the capsule and suit land at the Smithsonian.

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posted 05-06-2013 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you know the venue in Chicago?

Robert Pearlman
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Red Bull has announced the dates and venues for the Red Bull Stratos Exhibit:
  • Space Center Houston, May 2 - Aug. 5
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Aug. 9 - Oct. 28
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Feb. 4 - May 4
  • Smithsonian, TBA

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I wonder why an exhibit at KSC isn't in the works?
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  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Aug. 9 - Oct. 28

Freaking sweet, I'll get to see it at Huntsville in September!

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The Red Bull Stratos exhibit left Space Center Houston today (Aug. 5). It opens next at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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A pal of mine texted me several shots of this set up in Huntsville, apparently in the Davidson Center building. It's all set up there now and the photos looked pretty much as the Houston setup did above. I'm really looking forward to seeing this in person, especially since I've seen the Kittinger display at the USAF museum several years back...

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It's actually on the main floor of the original museum building, versus Davidson, and it is a very polished exhibit.

Robert Pearlman
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National Air and Space Museum release
Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space

Opens April 2, 2014 through May 26, 2014

The National Air and Space Museum welcomes Red Bull Stratos into its permanent collection. The Museum will display the temporary exhibition Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space from April 2 to May 26, 2014. The exhibition includes the pressurized balloon gondola in which Felix Baumgartner ascended to an altitude of 39,045 meters (127,852 feet) – the edge of space – over Roswell, New Mexico on October 14, 2012, and the pressure suit that he wore on a flight to 29,610 meters (97,145 feet) on July 25. During his record-breaking descent, Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 1,342 kmh (834 mph). The records achieved include maximum speed of descent without a drogue (small parachute used to provide stability); record exit altitude; and the greatest vertical descent without a drogue.

The balloon gondola and the suit Baumgartner wore during his record-breaking jump will eventually be put on permanent display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

The museum will also devote its next GE Aviation lecture (April 2, 7:00 p.m.) to the Red Bull Stratos mission:
On October 14, 2012, veteran parachutist Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking jump from a balloon gondola 39,045 meters (128, 100 feet) above Roswell, New Mexico. Join Baumgartner, previous high-altitude descent record-holder Joseph Kittinger, and technical project director Art Thompson for their thrilling first-person accounts of the team effort leading to Baumgartner's dramatic jump.

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National Air and Space Museum release / Red Bull photo release
Record-Setting Capsule, Pressure Suit and Parachute Donated to the Smithsonian

The capsule from which Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped to Earth Oct. 14, 2012, is joining the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum. The capsule is featured in the exhibit, "Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space," which will be on display at the museum in Washington, D.C., from April 2 until May 26. At the conclusion of the exhibit, Baumgartner's capsule, pressure suit and parachute will be housed at the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Baumgartner's record-breaking jump from a height of 24 miles (127,852 feet) at a speed of 843.6 mph (Mach 1.25), distinguished him as the first human to break the speed of sound in free fall. His jump occurred 65 years after test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier flying an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Baumgartner also broke three other world records: highest altitude for a piloted balloon, highest free fall and longest-distance free fall, leaving the record for the longest time in free fall to retired Air Force Col. Joseph W. Kittinger who set the previous skydive record in 1960. Kittinger participated in the Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator.

"The gondola that carried Felix Baumgartner 24 miles up into the air, and the pressure suit and parachute that protected him on his way back down, are great additions to the museum's collection of historic air and spacecraft that pushed the limits of technology and tested the human determination to achieve," said Tom D. Crouch, the Smithsonian's senior curator of aeronautics. Fully one-third of the museum's collection of aircraft and spacecraft are "firsts" or associated with major historic events, or technological, scientific or cultural achievements.

The Red Bull Stratos Mission made contributions to aerospace safety and established Baumgartner in the record books. Achievements included the development of a new generation of space suits and parachute systems, the establishment of protocols for exposure to the extreme conditions of pressure and temperature and the study of the impact of supersonic acceleration and deceleration on the human body. In addition to the historic hardware, the exhibit includes audio-visual and interactive elements.

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