Red Bull Stratos
In October 2012, extreme athlete and museum member Felix Baumgartner jumped with a parachute from a height of almost 40 km. Red Bull set new standards with this project: the action was a media event that attracted worldwide attention! In a specially built space capsule attached to a helium-filled high-altitude balloon, Baumgartner flew up to an altitude of 38,969 m before jumping, protected only by a custom-made pressure suit. In free fall, it reached 1,342 km/h, thus making him the first person ever to exceed the speed of sound in free fall. After 4:19 minutes, Baumgartner opened the parachute and landed in New Mexico, USA, as planned.
At the Technik Museum Speyer, this spectacular event can be relived, and not just in video sequences: the original Airstream trailer that Felix used as a retreat before and after the action was specially transported from the USA to Speyer once the mission was completed. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the original pressure suit from the first test flight: an exact equivalent of the suit used in the final flight. The exhibition complements the museum's extensive space-travel collection and can be seen daily at the Technik Museum Speyer. Admission is included in the museum's overall entry fee.
Felix Baumgartner has been a friend of the museum for years. The cooperation with Red Bull has led to more than just this wonderful Red Bull Stratos exhibition at Speyer: there's also the major special exhibition, Red Bull World of Racing, showing at the Technik Museum Sinsheim until January 2023.