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Month: November 2012

Felix Baumgartner’s fall from space: The Canadian Connection

Photograph by Luke Aikins, c/o Redbull 

On October 14, daredevil Felix Baumgartner rose more than 128,000 feet in the air, and then shattered a long list of records when he jumped — breaking the sound barrier and completing a successful free-fall from the edge of space.

While Red Bull, a U.S.-based company, sponsored the stunt, Felix owes at least some credit to the work of one Canadian engineer.

Shane Jacobs, who hails from Calgary, played a key role in the creation of Baumgartner’s high-tech suit.

Designed to keep Felix safe during an array of temperature and pressure changes, this suit literally saved his life. Jacobs’ design allowed Felix to breathe without restraint during his fall and kept his blood from expanding.

Hats off to you, Mr. Jacobs, for your engineering accomplishment!

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