posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 07:09 AM
I think this article is a load of rubbish, to be honest. It appears to simply be taking a negative stance for the sake of writing an article, and it
is rather contradictory at times. For example, the author criticises the lack of technology by claiming that "The most complicated pieces of kit he
used, by far, were the cameras", then in the very next paragraph, they downplay any danger because the suit "was the finest high-tech engineering
from across the world brought together".
Then there was the whining about the lack of danger breaking the 'sound barrier' (the many aircraft pilots who lost their lives may disagree), even
though Red Bull
themselves had addressed the reasons why the 'sound barrier' posed
little threat to felix.
Fortunately, the impact of shock waves becomes less severe with higher altitude, because air becomes less dense. And once an object passes through
that imaginary "sound barrier" to catch up with and surpass the speed of sound, flight is smooth.
It's not Red Bull's fault that the author was lacking in knowledge or simply ignorant of this information. They further show their ignorance by
claiming that they spent millions in "an effort to make it seem at once hare-brained and colossally dangerous", when they never made any such
claims. The author then claims that is is "suspicious free advertising", when it really is not suspicious at all. They were providing the funding,
so of course they are advertising their brand! I really don't see how this can be a suprise to anyone?
I also think that anyone complaining about the use of funds for this spectacle needs a reality check. The ~$30 million spent is a mere fraction of
what's being spent on the current presidential elections, yet I would say that the experience and knowledge gained from this spectacle is of far
greater value than a ridiculous popularity campaign. So I say congratulations to Felix and Red Bull! And I don't even like Red Bull