GoPro is celebrating Felix Baumgartner's historic freefall from space in their Super Bowl ad. The 30-second clip features Baumgartner getting ready to jump from the stratosphere as part of the Red Bull Stratos project.
"Go Pro: Red Bull Statos - Super Bowl Commercial 2014"
Felix Baumgartner climbed 128,100 feet (24 miles) above the surface of the Earth in a helium balloon on Oct. 14, 2012, the culmination of five years of planning and training by the Austrian skydiver and the Red Bull team. Baumgartner jumped from a small capsule and during his freefall in which he reached supersonic speeds. According to Red Bull, Baumgartner became the first man to break the speed of sound during a freefall and reached an estimated speed of 833.9 miles per hour. The total jump lasted 9:09 minutes and Baumgartner spent 4:22 minutes in freefall.
"The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I'd just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I'd lose consciousness. I didn't feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We'll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be," said Baumgartner after the freefall.
Every moment of Baumgartner's freefall was captured using seven GoPro Hero2 cameras. Several views, including a POV video from Baumgartner's head cam, have been released of the freefall and GoPro's Super Bowl ad is accompanied by a longer feature covering the event.
The GoPro Super Bowl ad feature, "Go Pro: Red Bull Stratos - The Full Story," is an 8-minute look at Baumgartner's historic jump, including multiple camera views of the freefall, and can be viewed below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.