25 Dec 2012 04:06
The Red Bull Stratos Team sends good wishes and joy for the holidays. This picture was taken July 25, 2012 shortly after Felix’s second jump from the stratosphere at 97,145 ft (29,610 m). Santa’s helpers manipulated the sign to fit the holiday season. We dedicate 2012 to our fans.
"Thanks to the media, the whole world shared in the adventure as Felix jumped from 128,000 feet and reached the speed of 833 mph. What an exciting event! Sherry joins me in wishing all the Red Bull Stratos fans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
"I cannot believe what an amazing year 2012 was and what an incredible way to finish the journey. In many ways, it’s a little sad that the whole adventure is now over but the friends and mates we met along the way will forever be in our hearts. To all the fans, colleagues, families and everyone else, thank you so much for all the support for Red Bull Stratos over all those years and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones."
"Christmas greetings to all the ranchers and oil lease owners of Roswell and Tatum who welcomed the long range optics team on their land. Without their help we would never have been able to get the tremendous pictures of the mission."
"From the entire FlightLine Films team, we are glad you could "ride along" with Felix on his amazing journey! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
"Thank you to our entire team for staying focused through the highs and lows and especially a big thank you to Red Bull for their outstanding dedication and support in helping to make this project come to fruition. You are a great company!"
"Abundant Blessings across the globe; to every devoted individual who cheered and prayed for the success of Red Bull Stratos, and the safe return of Felix—thank you! It was an extreme privilege for ATA-Aerospace to participate in this project, not only furthering balloon and space flight technology—but historically speaking as well. Our sincerest gratitude to Red Bull, and Sage Cheshire Aerospace (two amazing organizations!) that had a unique vision and unwavering determination—taking mankind to new heights. Merry Christmas to all, and God Bless Us Everyone!"
"What an amazing year and such a joy to be able to connect with the world as we all find hope and inspiration together. Happy Holidays and here’s to many more adventures!"
"As your Red Bull Stratos web editor/embedded reporter I’m overjoyed thinking about what this team accomplished, having witnessed the transformation of ideas and dreams. The men and women who make up Red Bull Stratos are proven warriors, dedicating their lives to a mission tapped with challenges, unknowns, and victories. It was my privilege to share the stories behind this outstanding scientific project. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you who believed in us."
"Red Bull Stratos started 52 years ago as a mission from one of the most respected men I know, Joe Kittinger, a true American hero and living legend who I am very proud to call my friend. His inspiration in aerospace led to a challenge that so many wished to aspire to. When my friend Felix Baumgartner requested me to assemble the team, design a program and flight test systems capable of reaching these goals, I brought the best people I knew. These living legends were not only the best in their field they were my peers, associates and friends from many other amazing programs and accomplishments. From so many different professional areas they joined my call to advance aerospace technology, capturing the imagination of the world while inspiring the next generation to see that anything is possible.
To the Stratos team: You have all become my associates on a truly fantastic journey but more important you are my family, my friends that I will forever be permanently forged together with in time and history. Thank you Felix and Red Bull for helping us make history and forever advance medical and aerospace safety for future high altitude manned flights. We have inspired the world and the next generation to understand that anything is possible if you have the will and determination to see the vision and the future. Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2013 to the Red Bull Stratos, Sage Cheshire, Riedel, FlightLine Films, ATA-A, Wyle, and Media House family and to all who supported us over the years with our dreams and vision. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with you all and look forward to our next adventure together.”
-Art Thompson, Sage Cheshire Aerospace
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