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Introduction to the Stratos Project (Presentation Video)
Author(s): Joseph B. Houston

Paper Abstract

The recent Red Bull Stratos Project enabled Felix Baumgartner to skydive from 127,852 feet, breaking a number of world records, and also become the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall. This incredible example of human achievement was documented by a group of optical imaging scientists who worked for over four years to develop and test the necessary systems and equipment. This monumental leap was captured by 35 cameras to provide a full picture of what this endeavor means for the future of scientific exploration. This special presentation will feature an insider look behind the Stratos Project: goals, challenges, and lessons learned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2013
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 8842, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVI, 88420B (17 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2030382
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Joseph B. Houston, Houston Research Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8842:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVI
G. Groot Gregory; Arthur J. Davis, Editor(s)

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