In 1960, Joe Kittinger made history as he ascended to over 100,000 feet in a high-altitude balloon and jumped to Earth, setting four world records in the process.
45 years later, Red Bull started laying the groundwork for the first ever supersonic freefall.
Seven years on and Baumgartner and Kittinger are making their final preparations for the first ever 120,000-foot supersonic descent from the edge of space.
Red Bull Stratos is not only about breaking world records, it is also a pioneering body of work which will contribute enormously to scientific understanding of man's experiences at altitude.
Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall constitutes the ultimate scientific experiment as we extend our reach to the very edge of space.
Find out more about the Red Bull Stratos team at mission control: The Red Bull Stratos homepage