The Supersonic Space Jump Balloon Compared to the Statue of Liberty (Update 2)

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The Red Bull Stratos mission control has announced that, after Tuesday's aborted supersonic space jump, the next launch is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 8:30am EDT. We will cover the Roswell event live.

In the meantime, I made this simulation using Red Bull Stratos mission's data and schematics. It shows how big the balloon is compared to the Statue of Liberty. Pretty damn impressive.


Yes, it's impressive. After all, it is the biggest balloon ever made (update 1: Mark Adler from NASA says it's not! Update 2: it is the biggest balloon ever to carry a human): 334.82 eet (102.05 meters) tall! According to Red Bull, that's as much as a 55-story high building and taller than the Statue of Liberty, which is 305 feet including the base and the pedestal.

Felix's balloon can hold 30 million cubic foot (843,497 cubic meters) of helium gas.

Compare that to Kittinger's Excelsior III balloon, the one used in the current world record: 186 feet (56 meters) tall and a capacity of 3 million cubic feet (84,950 cubic meters).

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How much is this costing Red Bull? Just the helium is like $15M (@ $100 sq ft). Plus all the design and development of the equipment. All for what? Publicity? Some footage for their next commercial?