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Sunriver Business Helping High Speed Skydiver


Felix Baumgartner, the man who plans to skydive to earth from 23 miles in space, breaking the sound barrier in the process, will be using some equipment made right here in Sunriver.

 

Gayle Menasco  with Velocity Sports Equipment says their company built the "rigging" that holds the parachutes Baumgartner will use.  "It’s the harness and container that he's wearing. Inside the rig, there's 2 parachutes. There’s the main parachute and reserve parachute. We didn't build those parachutes; but we built the actual harness that he's wearing and it looks like a backpack. The owner of the company, Kelly Farington, built the rig and put a lot of innovation into the rig so it could go to near space."

 

Menasco say the first jump attempt was scrubbed due to weather; and then next one is scheduled for Sunday morning (10/13) at 5 a.m. Pacific time.

 

You can watch a live stream of the jump at: www.redbullstratos.com.


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