Entrepreneurs Take Us to the Edge of Outer Space





When daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon hovering just inside the Earth’s stratosphere, a small enterprising firm made sure we were all along for the ride.

During Baumgartner’s harrowing four minute plummet to Earth, cameras designed by Flightline Films captured every second of the 128,100 foot free fall. (And let us all breathe a sigh of relief as his parachute opened and his feet finally touched ground.)

Like any good entrepreneurs, the Flightline Films team have evolved their services to meet a changing market, as their website explains:

“Since 1984, Las Vegas-based FlightLine Films has been providing television and motion picture producers with the highest quality in aerial cinematography services, and the company has pioneered visual documentation services for the privatization of space travel advances in the 21st century. Flight Line offers zero-gravity qualified crews and HD cameras for use in the cold vacuum of space, as well housings that allow even traditional cameras to operate in that hostile environment.”

Red Bull, which sponsored Baumgartner’s mission to the stratosphere, recently posted the video for the whole world to see on the one year anniversary of the jump:

Vision Systems Design notes how cameras strapped to Baumgartner’s thighs and chest had to be tested to withstand extreme altitude and exposure to space.

If you think entrepreneurship is limited to finding average solutions for average people, think again.

Entrepreneurs are frequently pushing new frontiers and breaking barriers to create solutions for their customers — even in outer space.

Outer Space Photo via Shutterstock

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Shawn Hessinger


Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends. A professional journalist with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business, he has another 10 years of experience in digital media for trade publications and news sites. Shawn has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and eventually managing editor with responsibility for nine weekly newspapers, the Berks Mont Newspapers. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. Hi Shawn,

    Thank you so much for that accurate list of details for start up entrepreneurs.

    As the world of enterprise needs a step by step process to become successful.

    Thanks.

  2. I thought that jump was amazing and, given the chance, would have done it myself. Maybe not in out lifetime, but in the lifetime of our children, we will be able to afford trips to the edge of space and beyond.

  3. Aira Bongco

    I have always wondered how they take those videos. I was thinking that it might be computer generated but it was quite hard to believe as it looks way too real to be fake. And then comes this service. It seems like there is a company that provides these services.

  4. Martin Lindeskog

    I wonder if Felix had a sip of Red Bull before he took the jump? 😉

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