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Space Jump Stream Blows Curiosity Landing Out of the Stratosphere With 16x More Concurrent Views

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Over 8 million people were tuned in simultaneously to watch as Felix Baumgartner jumped from space, breaking records for the most concurrent livestream views ever on YouTube. To put this number in perspective, the previous record for concurrent views of a YouTube livestream stood at 500,000 during the summer Olympics. Felix’s jump even blew the Ustream livestream of the Curiosity Mars landing out of the stratosphere. Ustream’s livestream of the Mars landing had a total of 3.2 million viewers, but only 500,000 concurrently—that’s 16 times more concurrent views!

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Felix Baumgartner Could Have Used the Vidometer App

When Felix Baumgartner jumped off a helium balloon at 128,100 feet (video embedded above), he could have used the new Vidometer app for the iPhone to videotape his world-record-breaking skydive.

Made by the company behind the hardshell and waterproof smartphone Hitcase, the new app will overlay speed, altitude, horizon level, tilt and G-force meters on your HD iPhone video. We’ve embedded a screenshot below–is this something you can use in your life?

Check it out: “When you are out Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Hiking, Sky Diving, Cruising, Running, Dirt Biking, or whatever – don’t forget to take Vidometer along for the ride! Vidometer can be used as a dashcam, HUD, a companion for your GoPro footage, and much more. Vidometer uses the iPhone’s built in sensors such as the accelerometer, GPS, and gyroscope to build a custom and accurate graphical overlay.”

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24-Mile Sky Dive Breaks into Social Stratosphere, Redefines Event Marketing (Lost Remote)
Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos space jump was initially planned for a weekday, but blustery winds delayed the jump from the edge of space to a Sunday. Perhaps in retrospect, the delay heightened the live event’s social splash, attracting over 7.5 million concurrent viewers on YouTube, dominating Twitter’s trending topics and burning up Facebook with spectacular photos. The New York Times Baumgartner fell to Earth from more than 24 miles high Sunday, becoming the first human to break the sound barrier under his own power — with some help from gravity. The Austrian daredevil made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet. As millions around the world experienced the vertiginous view from his capsule’s camera, which showed a round blue world surrounded by the black of space, he stepped off into the void and plunged downward, reaching a maximum speed measured at 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24. CNET Baumgartner, a veteran of well more than 2,300 skydives who has been training for this moment for five years, was looking to surpass milestones established more than 50 years ago. In August 1960, Air Force officer Joe Kittinger jumped from 102,800 feet (19.5 miles) and hit a top speed of about 614 mph, as the Pentagon and the still very young NASA were trying to get a handle on how humans would be affected by high-altitude atmospheric flight and space travel. Wired Baumgartner achieved three of the four records he was after, falling short of taking the benchmark for longest free fall. All of the records are yet to be ratified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. TechCrunch According to a conversation on Twitter between Danny Sullivan and a member of the YouTube staff, Google considered sending Baumgartner to space for his jump with a pair of Google Glass. Can you imagine seeing what Felix’s eyes were seeing as he was falling? Read more