Red Bull Gives Wings to Space Mission
San Francisco, Calif. / Salzburg, Austria –The thrill of space flight, and the marketing efforts of Red Bull have given wings to Rdio, the groundbreaking digital music service with more than 20 million songs to discover, play and share, today announced that it will present a remarkable new documentary film from Red Bull Media House called “Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos.” The film will make its world premiere exclusively on Rdio, available to stream for free at www.rdio.com/redbullstratos for three months beginning on October 14, 2013, which marks the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from the stratosphere. An original song written and recorded especially for the documentary credits and trailer – “Oh Boy,” by artists “Portugal. The Man” – is also available exclusively to stream on Rdio.
Sign Up and Watch the Documentary
One year after Red Bull Stratos, the historic moment can be experienced anew through this heart-stopping documentary. New behind-the-scenes stories and footage from launch day and all through the mission’s five years of development reveal undisclosed dramas that threatened to ground the mission. Viewers will get long-awaited details on Baumgartner’s faceplate heating issue, which nearly aborted the mission, and also hear personal interviews and intimate anecdotes from the team as they look back on the experience and the challenges they overcame for the first time on camera. “Mission to the Edge of Space” will be compelling for both those who were captivated in the moment last October and those who may have missed it. To watch the full documentary beginning on October 14, visitors can register with an email address for a free Rdio account at www.rdio.com/redbullstratos.
Red Bull Stratos Test Flight
Red Bull Stratos was the flight test program that riveted the world last fall, as Baumgartner become the first human to break the speed of sound with his own body. After ascending 24 miles above earth with a massive helium balloon, he jumped from his capsule. Wearing only a spacesuit, and with a mere 10 minutes of oxygen on his back, he accelerated from 0 to 843.6 miles per hour – Mach 1.25 – in just 50 seconds before eventually parachuting to the ground. Red Bull Stratos broke numerous world records and delivered valuable scientific data to improve safety for future aviators and astronauts. It was also the most-watched live event in Internet history, and the fascination continues.
Just as Red Bull Stratos expanded human limits to the edge of space, Rdio is expanding the reach of music. Users can build a digital music collection that is available everywhere – online, offline and mobile. As part of the exclusive presentation of “Mission to the Edge of Space,” users will be able to access custom playlists created by Felix Baumgartner and a variety of the expert scientists, engineers and medical team members from the Red Bull Stratos project.