The Red Bull Stratos, the 120,000 feet skydive from the edge of space was a mission that transcended human limits. Riedel Communications provided the entire communications solution for this project, integrating both wireless and wired digital intercom systems. Additionally, Riedel furnished the fiber-based video and signal distribution as well as the wireless video links from the capsule’s onboard cameras, enabling the stunning pictures delivered from the Red Bull Stratos capsule.
Felix Baumgartner, renowned extreme base jumper and sky diver, ascended to 24 miles (39 kilometer) in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground breaking three world records with one jump: the highest skydive, the longest free fall, the first to reach supersonic speeds in free fall and the highest manned balloon ride.
For enabling reliable communication between Felix Baumgartner, the team members at the launch site and mission control, Red Bull used a comprehensive communications solution from Riedel Communications.
For the capsule that transported Felix Baumgartner into the stratosphere, Riedel Communications provided the on-board video control system for nine HD video cameras with especially developed telemetry control. This system was responsible for the control of the video recording and also works as a comprehensive digital video router. It offered complete remote control of the whole video system and featured three HD video downlinks that were dynamically assigned to the selected cameras.
In addition, the communications infrastructure on-site included the entire compound, the mission control, the production offices, the media/press center and the OB truck. All these facilities and positions were integrated into one single communications infrastructure via a Riedel Artist Digital Matrix system. Artist is a fiber based communications solutions that offers highly flexible, reliable and decentralized communications in broadcast quality audio. The redundant ring topology makes Artist systems an extremely reliable solution for mission critical applications such as the Red Bull Stratos project.
Furthermore, Riedel furnished the on-site digital radio network with more than 100 radio receivers and ten channels, which were seamlessly integrated into the wired matrix intercom system. This means radio users were able to directly talk to intercom users and vice versa.