Helmet and gloves
The helmet has a microphone and earphones so Baumgartner can communicate with his mission control team, and its visor has an integrated heating circuit to help prevent fogging and icing, along with being designed to be distortion-free in the critical vision area. It'll also provide Baumgartner with 100 percent oxygen from cylinders in his gear.
In freefall, Baumgartner will need to coax every bit of mobility he can from the bulky, pressurized suit in order to properly position himself in a streamlined "delta" position. He'll also need to deal with the unknown and potentially tricky effects of transonic speed (that is, approaching Mach 1) on the human body. Moving that fast, a very real danger is a rapid, complex, hard-to-control spin, and to guard against that, he'll also have a small drogue parachute that could be deployed early on, in advance of his main chute.
July 5, 2010 6:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Garth Milan for Red Bull Media House
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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