'RedBull Strata'

Trip Start Jul 20, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Thursday, July 26, 2012

The flight was very good. I got about 2 hours of sleep, which was better than most! On the 8 hour flight to Hamburg, I sat next to a very interesting person. She was from London and was working in Salzburg, Austria for the RedBull energy corporation. She had for the last three years been working on their latest 'Extreme Sport' campaign called RedBull Strata. Their goal was to send a person up into the atmosphere all the way to the stratosphere, and then let them drop for the resulting miles to Earth. So for the last five years, RedBull has been developing the technology (z.b. spacesuits, etc.) to allow a person to return safely to Earth from such high altitudes. This past week was the date of test number two in Roswell, New Mexico. This wasn't the full height, but a shorter test height. It was a success. I then asked her 'Why is RedBull doing this? Notoriety?' She said yes, but there are practical applications for space tourism. For example, in the near future, people will pay to go into space, but to cut costs perhaps they can just fall to Earth. Needless to say we had an interesting conversation.   
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