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Mission History

Felix Baumgartner and Joe Kittinger with Joe's Pressure Suit

Red Bull Stratos challenges human limits set more than 50 years ago.

"We may not have been built to fly, but we've figured out a way to fulfill our destiny." 

Dr. Jonathan Clark, Medical Director


  • Third and final test jump Oct. 14 from an estimated 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) reaching a preliminary speed of 833 mph (1,342.8 km/h) (Mach 1.24) jumping from the stratosphere. This makes Felix Baumgartner  the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall along with several other records yet to be certified. 
  • Second manned test achieved in July, the highest jump and fastest speed for Felix Baumgartner. Altitude: 97,063 feet / 29,584 meters and freefall speed: 536 miles or 864 kilometres per hour (latest figures sanctioned by USAP and NAA).
  • First manned test complete in March: Felix freefalls successfully from 71,615 ft (21,828m)
  • Unmanned test launches to the stratosphere confirm equipment is ready for manned test jumps.
  • Launch site of Roswell, New Mexico, USA revealed.


  • Chamber tests are conducted at Brooks-City Base in San Antonio, Texas. Capsule is "man-rated" (confirmed appropriate for human transport) to 121,000 feet.
  • Felix Baumgartner intensifies physical, psychological and technical training under direction of Dr. Andy Walshe.
  • After several months' downtime, mission team reassesses condition of equipment and analyzes test procedures necessary to verify flight readiness.


  • Felix obtains his U.S. gas balloon license.
  • Wind tunnel testing/training conducted in pressure suit.


  • Felix Baumgartner conducts first high-altitude training in pressure suit, including several parachute jumps from aircraft at 27,000 feet.
  • Medical team expands to include six-time Space Shuttle crew surgeon Jon Clark as medical director; development of safety protocols continues.
  • Personal parachute system development begins.
  • High-altitude helium balloons are secured.


  • National Aviation Hall of Fame member and current record holder Col. Joe Kittinger joins Red Bull Stratos team, meets Felix Baumgartner for first time.
  • David Clark Company agrees for the first time ever to produce a suit for a non-governmental space program.


  • Under the technical direction of Art Thompson, planning and team recruitment begins.
  • Capsule development begins at Sage Cheshire Aerospace in Lancaster, California.


  • Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull begin to lay the groundwork for a stratospheric freefall that would expand the boundaries of human flight.