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Art Thompson CEO, Sage Cheshire Aerospace and Technical Director for the Red Bull Stratos jump will be speaking at the Society about the Red Bull Stratos Project.
On October 14, 2012, a pressurized capsule attached to a scientific balloon raised an athlete wearing a custom-made spacesuit over Roswell, New Mexico for a two-and-a-half-hour ascent to 128,000 feet (39 kilometers) into the stratosphere where he would exit and step off into a free-fall from near space. Others had died trying to break the 52-year old record set by Col. Joseph Kittinger during the pre-astronaut days of 1960. Few people watching that day realized the event was the culmination of a seven-year endeavor, including a rigorous flight test program, numerous setbacks and delays that threatened the success of the program.
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