Red Bull and Felix Baumgartner's Stratos mission to launch a live broadcast on 7mate Monday October 8th at 10pm via Red Bull Media House

Red Bull Stratos - Image 1.jpgPremium content producer, Red Bull Media House, has announced the Red Bull Stratos mission will be broadcast live via a a global partnership with YouTube and an Australia partnership with the Seven Network to air at 10pm AEST October 8 on 7mate.

Both platforms will transmit a live broadcast of the historic mission, produced by Red Bull Media House. The mission will see athlete Felix Baumgartner attempt a record-breaking freefall from 120,000 feet above the earth. If successful, he will become the first man to break the speed of sound with his own body.

This mission to the edge of space is an inspirational, scientific endeavor that has been in development for over five years. More than 35 moving and still image cameras will be used to document the mission including two ground-based optical tracking systems which will allow viewers to track live Felix's entire freefall from the moment he steps off of his capsule, to when he deploys his parachute, to his triumphant landing.

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The incredible feat will be broadcast live and exclusively on television via a Seven News special on 7mate, allowing viewers to follow the jump from the balloon's launch in Roswell, New Mexico, to Felix' descent back to earth, from their living room in Australia.

Building on the success of the Red Bull YouTube Channel, which boasts over 500,000 subscribers, the Red Bull Stratos project will capitalise on the audience built through Red Bull Media House's exclusive partnership in YouTube's original programming initiative. Red Bull Media House's extensive expertise in live broadcast production will deliver an embeddable live stream to any digital platform including mobile on the day of the Red Bull Stratos mission. The live stream will be broadcast on www.redbullstratos.com, on the Red Bull Channel on YouTube, on www.facebook.com/redbullstratos.

Due to weather variables, which require specific conditions to be perfect in order to launch, it is not possible to identify an exact date for the Red Bull Stratos mission and live online broadcast. At this time, the weather window opens on 8th October.

The mission promises to deliver valuable scientific data and protocols that could save the lives of high altitude explorers who may need to survive emergency bail-outs from above the Armstrong line (62,000 feet). Col. Joe Kittinger is the only man alive who has been close to where Felix will go. In 1960, he set the current freefall record from 102,800 feet as part of the Project Excelsior mission with the United States Air Force. Col. Kittinger is an advisor on the Red Bull Stratos mission, and will be the only voice in Felix's ear over radio communications throughout his ascent and freefall. 

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