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The Space Jump Man's Balloon Compared To The Statue Of Liberty

The Red Bull Stratos mission control has announced that, after the Tuesday’s aborted supersonic space jump, the next launch is scheduled to Sunday, October 14 at 8:30am EDT. We will cover the Roswell event live. In the meantime, I made this simulation showing how big the Red Bull Stratos balloon is compared to the Statue of Liberty.

Yes, it’s impressive. After all, it is the biggest balloon ever made: 102.05 metres tall! That’s as much as a 55-storey high building and taller than the Statue of Liberty, which is 92.9 metres including the base and the pedestal.

The Stratos balloon can hold 843,497 cubic meters of helium gas.

Compare that to Kittinger’s Excelsior III balloon, the one used in the current world record: 56 meters tall and a capacity of 84,950 cubic meters.