On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon to the stratosphere and jumped – at an altitude of 127,852 feet. He reached speeds upwards of 843 mph (Mach 1.25!) before landing with a parachute, breaking three long-standing world records and becoming the first person ever to accelerate through the sound barrier without a vehicle.
The moment was years in the making, with test flights and the world record flight spanning five missions over 10 months in Roswell, NM.
The heart of the mission was the Red Bull Stratos compound. A once-abandoned corner of Roswell Airport was transformed into a 300-person compound to meet the needs of the scientific team, the television production crew and national and international media.
Purpose-built amenities included round-the-clock catering from an on-site kitchen, a team mess hall facility, two 5,000-square-foot truss structures to house Mission Control and the Media Center, a medical clinic, and more.
Directed overall logistics for the mission, including management of multiple production companies and vendors, from local to international. Responsibilities included security plan and credentialing system, catering program, design and layout of on-site structures, infrastructure, mission branding implementation, flights and hotels, and liaison with the airport and public safety authorities. No, we didn’t jump.