Meet Companies Behind That Historic Space Jump
BY Kathleen Kim
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set world records with his 24-mile jump--these are the businesses that helped him make history.
In one leap, Felix Baumgartner made history.
The Austrian daredevil plunged 24 miles toward Earth on Sunday and set the new world record for the highest free-fall of all time.
But Baumgartner, now the first skydiver to reach supersonic speed, didn't do it alone. And big-name sponsor Red Bull wasn't the only company run by an entrepreneurial founder that helped him pull off the stunt.
Sage Cheshire: The team of scientists and engineers at this 40-year-old aerospace firm, which operates in California, developed the pressurized space capsule that hovered over Earth and served as the launch pad.
ATA Aerospace: A joint venture of Albuquerque-based Applied Technology Associates and ASRC Aerospace, ATA, which reportedly generated $37.3 million in 2011, provided the launch services, personnel and equipment for the helium balloon that lifted the capsule.
Riedel Communications: Headquartered in Germany, Riedel offers digital audio and real-time video services. The company, which says it employs more than 350 people, reportedly hooked up the wireless video links for the capsule's onboard cameras.
David Clark Company: A manufacturer of air and space gear, this 70-year-old company (best known for its noise-canceling headsets) designed the full-pressure suit to withstand temperatures of 100 to -90 degrees.
Velocity Sports Equipment: Launched in 1998, this sports equipment provider built a specialized parachute harness system that could hold two oxygen bottles--each supplied at least 10 minutes of oxygen.