Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
15/10/2012

Riedel Provide Technology For Red Bull Stratos

News Image
The Red Bull Stratos, the 120,000 feet skydive from the edge of space was a mission that transcended human limits. Riedel Communications – one of the leading providers of real-time solutions for video, audio and communications – provided the entire communications solution for this outstanding project, integrating both wireless and wired digital intercom systems. Additionally, Riedel furnished the fiber-based video and signal distribution as well as the wireless video links from the capsule’s onboard cameras – enabling the stunning pictures delivered from the Red Bull Stratos capsule.
Felix Baumgartner, renowned extreme base jumper and sky diver, ascended to 24 miles (39 kilometer) in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground breaking three world records with one jump: the highest skydive, the longest free fall, the first to reach supersonic speeds in free fall and the highest manned balloon ride.
For enabling reliable communication between Felix Baumgartner, all the team members at the launch site and mission control, Red Bull used a comprehensive communications solution from Riedel Communications.
In the Capsule
For the capsule that transported Felix Baumgartner into the stratosphere, Riedel Communications provided the on-board video control system for nine HD video cameras with especially developed telemetry control. This system was responsible for the control of the video recording and also works as a comprehensive digital video router – not unlike a mini OB truck inside the capsule. It offered complete remote control of the whole video system and featured three HD video downlinks that were dynamically assigned to the selected cameras.
For providing a reliable communication between Felix and Mission Control an especially developed communications solution from Riedel Communication is used.
Ground-based solutions for Mission Control & Broadcast
The communications infrastructure on-site included the entire compound, the mission control, the production offices, the media/press center and the OB truck. All these facilities and positions were integrated into one single communications infrastructure via a Riedel Artist Digital Matrix system. Artist is a fiber based communications solutions that offers highly flexible, reliable and decentralized communications in broadcast quality audio. The redundant ring topology makes Artist systems an extremely reliable solution for mission critical applications such as the Red Bull Stratos project.
Furthermore, Riedel furnished the on-site digital radio network with more than 100 radio receivers and ten channels, which were seamlessly integrated into the wired matrix intercom system. This means radio users were able to directly talk to intercom users and vice versa.
All video signals on ground were distributed and routed with Riedel's MediorNet technology. MediorNet is a fiber-based real-time network for HD video, audio, communications and data signals that also provides integrated signal processing saving time, cost and effort in installation and maintenance. For Red Bull Stratos project, 24 Riedel MediorNet nodes were installed in a redundant ring topology to provide maximum reliability. In case of a potential connection loss between two nodes, the signals would have still been distributed due to the redundant topology. The connection to the launchpad of the capsule was also realized with the MediorNet system – this time with two MediorNet Compact frames that were connected to the main system. All links in the MediorNet system were realized with Riedel PURE, an extremely robust, tactical fiber cable for demanding mobile applications that is equipped with ruggedized Neutrik OpticalCON Quad connectors.
The MediorNet backbone transported all video signals of the Red Bull Stratos mission as well as all signals from the OB truck and from the tracking truck. It also distributed the broadcast audio between Mission Control and recording facility. Furthermore the data of the telemetry that was used for some broadcast applications such as the Moving Map was transported via MediorNet.
In addition to the video transport MediorNet also serves as a network backbone for the on-site Internet connection providing the Ethernet connectivity in all areas of the compound.
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures and distributes the most pioneering real-time networks for video, audio and communications for broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports, theatre and security applications worldwide. The products reflect today’s leading-edge technologies that translate tomorrow's demands into today's solutions. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions as well as fiber-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems for large-scale events such as Olympic Games or FIFA World Cups. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 350 people located within 11 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas.
* Pictures – Copyright: Red Bull Stratos Mission Control: Limex Image Production GmbH
*All other pictures: Red Bull Media House
www.riedel.net
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

28/11/2019
Riedel's Artist and Bolero Intercom Systems Support Videe SpA's OB Van
Riedel's Artist-1024 digital matrix intercom system and Bolero wireless intercom system are supporting state-of-the-art communications capabilities wi
10/10/2016
Riedel Welcomes Successful IBC2016
At the IBC2016 show, Riedel's innovative real-time networks for video, audio, data, and communications were showcased in a variety of ways. The compan
07/10/2014
Riedel...Set...Go!
Riedel Switzerland has revealed that it served as the official radio and intercom services supplier for the 22nd European Athletics Championships, hel
16/07/2014
Riedel Selected For Euro Elections
Riedel Communications' MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system were selected by the European Parliament to facilit
01/07/2014
Riedel Flies Red Bull Race
Riedel Communications is facilitating signal transport and communications for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season that started Feb. 28 in
10/12/2014
Riedel Calls 'Wrap' On 2014...
Riedel moves into 2015 on the strength of diverse product deployments in high-profile applications around the world, as well as a series of product re
16/11/2017
Riedel Solution Selected For Zurich Street Parade
An Artist digital matrix intercom system from Riedel Communications delivered the radio communications infrastructure for the 26th annual Zurich Stree
19/10/2017
BILDQUADRAT Videoproductions Upgrades OB Vans
BILDQUADRAT Videoproductions has announced a major expansion and upgrade of its OB vehicles, with a further investment in the Riedel Communications' s
07/06/2012
Rocking Baku: Riedel Mediornet And Artist At The Eurovision Song Contest
To broadcast the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan the German Broadcast production company Brainpool TV on behalf of Ictimai TV, used a
18/03/2010
Riedel 'Wins' Vancover Games Project
The German-based manufacturer and rental service provider of intercom, radio, video and audio solutions, Riedel has been celebrating its success. The
20/07/2017
Riedel Announces Partnership With PIDSO
Riedel Communications has brought on board a powerful new centre of expertise through a partnership with PIDSO, a leading manufacturer of innovative a
01/12/2015
Riedel Solutions Deployed To Anthem Of The Seas
Riedel Communications has been selected to provide flexible routing and communications on the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) Quantum Class ship,
11/12/2013
Riedel Reveals ISE Lineup
Riedel has announced its product lineup for ISE 2014: MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO Universal Video Cards Riedel Communications has released
25/06/2015
JSTV Puts Riedel And STS In China's First 4K OB Truck
In building China's first 4K OB truck, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSTV) and systems integrator New Digital Technology Holdings (NDT) chose Ried
12/06/2017
Artel Video Systems To Demo 4K/UHD Solutions
Artel Video Systems has announced that a number of its solutions and products will be on display at a number of upcoming industry shows. The company's