Speed Tracking is a skydiving discipline named by Marc Hauser.
That means flying forward (Tracking) as fast as possible while being in free fall without wearing a wingsuit. The skydiver is just wearing a normal skydiving suit.
Marc Hauser is the current World Record
holder in Speed Tracking, 189 miles per hour (304 km/h)
The Record was set in October 2012.
Marc is now planning his next exploration in the sky. And he is about to set a new World Record that has never been seen before.
Exploring the limits of what is humanly possible.
Marc Hauser's discipline "Speed Tracking" is flying in a suit with no wings at all.
In 2017 we will push the envelope.
1 Hot Air Balloon, a real BIG one
Our balloon will be slightly larger than the hot air balloons seen here.
Three times larger to be precise.
"What's the thermal issue if it's in New Mexico?" you may ask. That's a good question, but because we will climb to very high altitudes we will need something more than warm
pullovers and tights.
We may not need astronaut suits - but it will come pretty close.
Skydivers exit their planes at around 12500 feet (3810m) over the airport.
We will climb up quite a bit higher with our hot air balloon.
That's why we have to breathe pure oxygen, even some hours before take off. Our speacialists call it nitrogen removal. - We call it exploration!
New Mexico is wide and dry. That's why we will need a special equipped Rescue team at our side.
Without it, we may just set a new World Record in walking distance back to the airport...
We are collaborating with a great partner on-site: The US based company Paragon®.
The Paragon StratEx team sent Alan Eustace up to the stratosphere in 2014.
Have a look at Project StratEX
And enjoy the great speech of Alan Eustace at TED
Claudio von Planta is our Swiss cameraman, director and
His best known work is as the cameraman who accompanied Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their Long Way Round motorcycle journey eastward from London to New York in 2004 and Long Way Down from Scotland to South Africa in 2007.
"Jumping out of a balloon? - a piece of cake!"
You are absolutely right. There must be something more to this adventure.
The point of our story is based on a first timer
This will be something that has never been done before in the history of aviation and skydiving.
It will be a real exploration in the sky.
Does this sound a bit strange to you?
Believe us, that's exactly how it sounds to us too. Plus it also sounds a bit scary, to be honest.
And we already know the surprising facts...
This World Record attempt will take place in Roswell, New Mexico, in 2017.
The air adventure will be broadcasted by Global News and Media Companies.
Do you want to be a part of our project?
Here we go: The Speed-Tracking Newsletter
Keep checking in for the latest news on this exploration.
Marc Hauser is a team member of the Swiss based STEM Foundation explore-it.
Technology at school
Have a look at some pictures of the promotion tour in the USA in 2015:
New York City | Washington | Maryland | San Francisco | Silicon Valley
"In 2017 I will be back in US schools - with an amazing story from the sky..."