February 4, 2014
New ‘Jump From Space’ Video Released Over Super Bowl Weekend
Red Bull is milking Felix Baumgartner’s jump from 2012 for as much as it’s worth, slowly rolling out footage that could have been made available almost immediately over a year and a half later.
When Baumgartner made his “leap from space” back in October 2012, he set all kinds of records on the way down, and was equipped with sensors that determined altitude, speed, temperature and more. The stunt devil was also set up with loads of GoPro cameras as he made his 128,100 feet descent from the edge of Earth to the surface below.
While it is pretty easy to obtain footage from these popular action cameras by simply plugging them into a USB drive on a computer and downloading it from the SD card, Red Bull seems to be making this seemingly easy task very difficult. The energy drink company, which sponsored the jump, released some more footage, for the third time, to help re-promote the over one-year-old jump during the Super Bowl weekend.
Baumgartner was pinned down with seven HERO2 cameras during the jump, documenting everything from stepping onto the jump platform underneath the balloon to the place where he began to spin viscously in a vacuum.
“GoPro was honored to be a part of this epic achievement, with seven HERO2 cameras documenting every moment. From the airless freeze of outer space, to the record-breaking free fall and momentous return to ground—see it all through Felix’s eyes as captured by GoPro, and experience this incredible mission like never before,” GoPro said in a statement helping to promote the older footage.
Red Bull released its first set of footage from this event on October 15, 2012, just a day after the event took place. The company then capitalized a little more on the amazing feat a year later, on the jump’s anniversary, by releasing more video and statistics about the jump. This set of footage was part of Red Bull’s documentary “Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull’s Stratos.” This video footage was shot from the jumper’s point of view, showing over nine minutes of the free fall.
National Geographic had aired a two-hour-long video one month after the jump, showing the four year process it took. Moreover, BBC created a documentary centering around the big event.
However, apparently none of these “new video” opportunities included the newest, latest-and-greatest videos that Red Bull and GoPro has been holding back. Only time will tell if there is even better, never-before-seen footage still waiting to be released for the two-year anniversary of the event.
Image Credit: Red Bull Stratos