Red Bull Stratos used over 35 cameras from Canons to Reds to document Baumgartner’s space jump


posted Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM EST


When you want to document an incredible event like Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking jump from space, you've got to bring a lot of camera gear. According to the below video, the Red Bull Stratos mission used over 35 cameras from infrared to high definition video cameras to record Baumgartner's successful plunge from a high-altitude balloon to his eventual safe landing on Earth.

The camera system, which amounted to an airborne TV studio, served a variety of purposes including documenting the mission in real time; establishing visual contact with Baumgartner; for future review; and to broadcast the mission live.

You can see some of the spectacular video clips of the mission here.

There was one downlink just on Baumgartner's face so Joe Kittinger, the previous record holder and Felix's mentor, could tell how Baumgartner was feeling via an audio and video feed. There was even a way to turn the light on and off in Felix's helmet in case mission control needed to communicate with him that way.

The video doesn't name the actual cameras used but from the clip we see what looks like a Canon 5D Mark II or Mark III with a Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, along with a Red 4K camera with a rather basic Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM mounted on front.

(Via Reddit)