Red Bull Stratos 2012: Updated Launch Date, Time, Live Stream and Jump Info

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 10, 2012

ROSWELL, NM - JULY 25:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this photo provided by Red Bull, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrates after he lands at the desert during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos on July 25, 2012 in Roswell, New Mexico. Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space to an altitude of 37.000 meters to break several records including the sound of speed in freefall. (Photo by Balazs Gardi/Red Bull via Getty Images)
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For the second time in as many days, you're going to have to wait to watch Felix Baumgartner free-fall over 22 miles from the sky to the earth.

It appeared as though the daredevil's Red Bull sponsored skydive from the stratosphere—man, that's fun to say—was going to go off without a hitch on Wednesday afternoon, but as the wind kicked up, the crew was forced to cancel the mission for the second consecutive day (via Red Bull Stratos' Twitter account):

Mission abort due to heavy winds. #straos #livejump

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

You may think wind is the type of minor detail that someone as extreme as Baumgartner shouldn't worry about, but in case you weren't sure, skydiving 22 miles isn't exactly the safest thing in the world. Everything absolutely must be perfect. 

There's no point in risking anything. 

Fortunately for fans ready to witness this historic record-setting event, Baumgartner and his crew aren't ready to give up. Unfortunately, the weather over 150,000 feet above sea level isn't exactly cooperating.

 

Updated Launch Date and Time

As of now, no date or time is set in stone, however, meteorologist Don Day confirmed that Thursday is not possible because of more ugly weather conditions. The next available date for a clear jump would be Sunday, October 14 (via Red Bull Stratos' Twitter account):

Meteorologist Don Day confirmed a Thursday launch is not possible. The next weather window opens on Sunday October 14th.

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 10, 2012

You have to think that if the launch date keeps getting pushed back, the entire project will eventually be scrapped. Roswell, New Mexico, is certainly a warmer environment, but as we proceed further into October and potentially beyond, the dangerous stratosphere temperatures will only get colder, and the risks will only increase.

Nonetheless, for the time being, make sure to mark your calender for this Sunday, although nothing has officially been decided. 

Make sure to follow the Red Bull Stratos Twitter account and blog for continual updates. 

 

Live Stream

There are several different places you can watch Baumgartner's mission: RedBullStratos.com, YouTube.com/redbull and RedBull.tv will all broadcast the action live as it happens.

Red Bull really has its bases covered, apparently.