Maxis the mobile broadcaster of freefall jump from space
By Digital News Asia October 7, 2012
- Skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner to make freefall jump from edge of space
- Maxis customers can witness history being made across their mobile devices and desktops
COMMUNICATIONS service provider Maxis Berhad announced that is the official Malaysian mobile broadcaster of Austrian skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos “mission to the edge of space.”
Red Bull Stratos, created by Red Bull Blue & Silver (Product of Europe) and Baumgartner, will launch on Oct 8 at 8pm (Malaysian time), subject to weather conditions). Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 ft in a stratospheric balloon over New Mexico, and make a freefall jump towards the Earth, breaking the sound barrier at supersonic speed before parachuting to the ground.
Maxis will be bringing this historic event live to its customers across mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, the company said in a statement. All customers need to do is click on the link http://mlp.my/redbullstratos or visit http://mylaunchpad.com.my/ directly to view the video of the jump at the specified time.
Links to the video will also be available on http://www.maxis.com.my/, http://www.hotlink.com.my/ and http://www.nowyoucan.com.my/ websites, as well as Maxis’ Facebook page and Twitter.
Baumgartner is no stranger to Malaysians, jumping off the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1999, claiming the world record for the highest parachute jump from a building.
The Red Bull Stratos project aims to collect valuable data for science that could ultimately help improve the safety of space travel and enable high-altitude escapes from spacecraft. The jump will also attempt to break an assortment of records such as the highest speed in freefall, highest jump and highest manned balloon flight.
“We are extremely delighted to be part of this project, which represents technological advancements at the highest levels,” said Suren J Amarasekera, Maxis’ joint chief operating officer.
“We … feel privileged to give our customers the opportunity to be part of history by making this live event available across their smart mobile devices anytime, anywhere,” he said.
Baumgartner, 43, and the Red Bull Stratos team (pic above) have been preparing for years to break the record for highest-altitude jump, eclipsing a mark set more than 52 years ago by American Joseph Kittinger who achieved a jump from 102,800 feet in 1960.
For more information on Maxis’ mobile broadcast of the Red Bull Stratos mission to the edge of space, customers can visit http://mylaunchpad.com.my/ or http://www.redbullstratos.com/. Customers can also find more details and updates on Maxis’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/maxis) and Twitter feeds (@maxiscomms).