Lockheed Martin Flight Services Team Supports History-Making Jump


Photo courtesy of Red Bull Media House

As he leapt from his balloon’s capsule nearly 24 miles above the Earth’s surface on Oct. 14, 2012, history-making skydiver Felix Baumgartner was able to focus on the task at hand and not the airspace he was rocketing through, thanks in part to Lockheed Martin Flight Services specialists support team from Fort Worth, Texas.

On the ground, several flight services specialists and supervisory personnel were intently focused on Baumgartner’s airspace during his trip to and from the Earth’s surface. Since March, 2012 the Lockheed Martin team had supported Baumgartner’s crew as they prepared for the final flight.  They worked closely with the skydiver’s team to ensure pilots operating near Baumgartner’s airspace avoided his path. On the day of the record-breaking jump, the team issued five Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), covering the balloon’s launch, its ascent, Baumgartner’s freefall and the balloon’s eventual descent.

Keeping the mission and other aircraft safe meant adapting to changing conditions; Lockheed Martin’s team was called upon to rapidly amend their NOTAMs as Baumgartner’s mission control changed flight details. The team adapted on the fly, kept critical information current and didn’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

“It was an honor for our team to be part of this historic moment,” said Lead Operations Supervisor Dale Walker. “We all appreciated the opportunity to represent Lockheed Martin during this once in a lifetime event.”

To learn more about Baumgartner’s jump visit www.redbullstratos.com.

Posted November 5, 2012

Story Highlights

  • On Oct. 14, skydiver Felix Baumgartner made a historic jump from his balloon nearly 24 miles above the earth.
  • To ensure Baumgartner’s airspace was clear, Lockheed Martin Flight Services worked closely with the team to notify pilots in the area covering the launch, ascent, Baumgartner's freefall and the balloon's eventual descent.