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This Aerospace Medicine Group lecture was delivered by Art Thompson, CEO, Sage Cheshire Aerospace and Technical Director, Red Bull Stratos.
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 realised 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. Art Thompson, Technical Director, Red Bull Stratos, who orchestrated Felix Baumgartner's space jump spoke at the Society for the Autumn Aerospace Medicine Lecture. Recorded: October 24 2013.
About the speaker:
Art Thompson, CEO, Sage Cheshire Aerospace and Technical Director, Red Bull Stratos
Art Thompson, CEO of Sage Cheshire Aerospace has over 34 years of experience in the aerospace industry on some of the most advanced aircraft in the world and was the earliest collaborator on the Red Bull Stratos Mission acting as the project’s technical director. Sage Cheshire Aerospace, which Art co-founded in Lancaster, California, more than 10 years ago, provides solutions for a complete range of aerospace needs, from initial design and engineering to finished product, with an experienced team of professionals hand-picked by Art himself. Further, his Sage Cheshire crew was responsible for the design, construction and testing of Felix’s capsule, and the facility serves as the hub of mission technological development overall.