RMetS East Anglia Meeting – Predicting the Weather for Felix Baumgartner’s Record Breaking Helium Balloon Ascent and Jump


Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 7.00 pm Predicting the Weather for Felix Baumgartner’s Record Breaking       Helium Balloon Ascent and Jump. Don Day, Chief       Meteorologist for Red Bull Stratos

            Most of you will remember back to October 2012             when Felix Baumgartner and his Red Bull Stratos team launched a             manned helium balloon to the edge of space. Felix then jumped out             from a record height of 24.2 miles above the Earth. He became the             first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle (in             free-fall for 4 minutes and 29 seconds), reaching a speed of 844mph             on his way down.
What you may not know,             however, is the meticulous planning that went into the record             breaking jump, including the very tedious and difficult job of             forecasting the weather for the launch, which even had to be             cancelled once in the minutes leading up to launch. The Royal             Meteorological Society’s East Anglia Centre along with the             University of East Anglia have teamed up to invite Don Day, the             chief mission meteorologist for Red Bull Stratos, to give a talk             explaining everything that went into the planning and execution of             the mission from a meteorological standpoint.

              The talk will be             held at 7pm on Wednesday the 13th of November 2013, in the Thomas             Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre at the University of East Anglia.             We also plan to stream the talk live on the internet, check http://www.rmets.org/about-us/local-centres/east-anglia-local-centre             a few days before the event for more details of how you can watch             the stream.


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