Felix Baumgartner’s upcoming and record-setting 37km skydive has been hyped and promoted to the point that most of us just want him to jump already. But here’s one bit of hoopla we’re actually nerding out over — look at all the wonderful camera gear that will be documenting the free fall.
Onboard the capsule that will take Baumgartner to the edge of space will be 15 cameras documenting his initial leap and descent until cameras on the ground are able to spot him. And in addition to compact hi-def equipment, the stunt will be captured with RED’s 4K digital cinema cameras, which require custom-made pressurised and temperature-controlled housings to keep them in perfect operating condition in the stratosphere. So apparently just strapping a GoPro to his helmet and hoping for the best just isn’t going to cut it.