Red Bull Stratos

Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.

This is science driven by adventure to the limits of the human experience.

On the 15th March 2012 Baumgartner leapt from a balloon capsule 71,500ft (22km) above New Mexico. He landing safely about eight minutes later. That skydive was used to test all the equipment before the dive from 120,000ft, hopefully later this year.

I for one wish Felix Baumgartner and the rest of the Red Bull Stratos team good luck.

Record to day

The current record holder for the highest skydive is US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger way back in 1960. His jump was 102,800ft.

Baumgartner’s jump is only beaten by two other men; Joe Kittinger and the Russian Eugene Andreev.


Red Bull Stratos

Neutrinos seem not to be superluminal after all


The speed of neutrinos has been measured to be consistent with neutrinos travelling at the speed of light by the ICARUS detector at the CNGS beam.

This is in stark contrast to the results of OPERA [1].

The expected time of flight difference between the speed of light from CERN to ICARUS and the actual position of the vertex of the LAr-TPC events has been neatly analysed. The result is compatible with the simultaneous arrival of all the 7 events with the speed of light and not compatible with respect to the result reported by OPERA [1].

M. Antonello et al. [2]


[1] T. Adam et al. [OPERA Collaboration], arXiv:1109.4897.

[2] M. Antonello et al. arXiv:1203.3433v1 [hep-ex]