We usually reach for our Red Bull energy drinks early in the morning instead of coffee, or late at night to help us focus, but now Red Bull is giving us something new to reach for—breaking an aerospace record using NI LabVIEW.
The mission of Red Bull Stratos will take renowned base-jumper and pilot Felix Baumgartner to 120,000 feet above earth on the very edge of space. From there he will attempt a stratospheric free-fall jump, the longest in the history of man, with hopes to break the speed of sound with his own body.
Red Bull Stratos is using LabVIEW software to help prepare for this incredible feat. When technical project director, Art Thompson, was asked about his experiences with LabVIEW he had nothing but positive things to say. Check out a screenshot of Red Bull Stratos using LabVIEW from their “Mission to the Edge of Space” YouTube video.
Red Bull Stratos’ attempt to break the speed of sound with the human body will make history and deliver valuable findings for medical and scientific advancement that will aid in the exploration of space in future years. Red Bull may give us wings, but they’re also changing space flight and aeronautical research forever, with some help from LabVIEW.