The Cameras Behind The Red Bull Stratos Mission 0

If you were not asleep on the morning of Oct. 14th, chances are, you’ve also watched how Felix Baumgartner accomplished the highest human freefall in history. Dubbed as the “Mission to the edge of space,” the project was made possible by the team known as the Red Bull Stratos.

In order to capture the entire photos and videos of the record-breaking event, the team has “basically created a flying video production studio,” according to Jay Nemeth, Director of High-Altitude Photography.

The capsule and suit that Baumgartner used were rigged with 14 HD cameras: nine on the capsule and five on the suit. All of those high-def cameras were designed to work in a near-vacuum environment. For live streaming to Earth, the cameras on the capsule featured solid-state RAM recorders and transmitted to Earth via three digital video transmitters.

Aside from the HD cameras, the capsule also packed three 4K digital cinematography cameras, three high-resolution digital still cameras, and pressurized electronics “keg”.

A helicopter was also used during the event to track the mission. The single-engine flyer was mounted with a Cineflex V14 HD camera, complete with a gyro system for stabilization. It also includes three HD recorders and two interior HD cameras.

On land, an optical ground tracking camera system called the Joint Launch Vehicle and Aircraft Imaging in Real-Time was used to deliver a live broadcast from 23 miles above the Earth. It features powerful zoom lenses, infrared cameras, and high-definition cameras.

The cameras used during the mission were not individually named. Maybe because they modified almost all of them to meet the specs required for the mission.

However, by watching the video below, you will see the said cameras.  In the video, you will catch a glimpse of what seems like a Canon 5D Mark III or Mark II and a Red 4K camera.

With over 35 cameras used, maybe the Red Bull Stratos team could also have set a new record for the most number of high-end cameras ever used in streaming a live event.

What do you think?

[via Imaging ResourceExaminer]