2012-10-15

Closer look at the cameras Red Bull Stratos

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Pilot Felix Baumgartner performs high altitude test jumps for the Red Bull Stratos mission in Taft, California, USA on June 21, 2012. Notice where the cameras are located on the suit.© Redbull

To achieve a live broadcast from 23 miles above the Earth, an optical ground tracking camera system was developed, from infrared to high definition cameras. It really is like an airborne TV studio.




OPTICAL GROUND TRACKING CAMERA SYSTEM

To achieve a live broadcast from 23 miles above the Earth, an optical ground tracking camera system was developed with features ranging from infrared to high-definition cameras. This system is called the "Joint Long-range Aerospace Imaging and Relay": JLAIR. Two JLAIR units are used for the Red Bull Stratos project.
The JLAIR's primary imaging equipment includes:
  • High-definition P2 camera (up to 60 frames per second)
  • 4K (4,000 x 2,000-pixel) camera (up to 120 frames per second in 2K mode)
  • Shortwave infrared camera
  • Digital still camera

Optical Tracking System seen during the preparation for the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico | © Redbull

The camera system: three lenses for three mission objectives -  cinematic, video and still images. © Redbull

The Capsule seen during the egress training for Red Bull Stratos in Lancaster, California, USA on February 24 2012 © Redbull
 THE HELICOPTER

The Red Bull Stratos tracking helicopter is provided by Airborne Images and manned by aerial director Carston Belland pilot Aaron Fitzgerald, who is the company's founder, president and CEO.
 
We flew N29LW, our favorite AS350B2 from the Angel City Air fleet.  It is equipped with many custom designed on-board systems including a microwave transmitter that allowed us to send back live pictures to Mission Control throughout the flight. ( Airborne Images )

Text and video and images  redbullstratos.com

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