Olav will wear a specially modified suit constructed by Russian spacesuit manufacturer Zvezda. The company will provide a customized Orlan spacesuit for the FreeFly mission. Data from Olav’s jumps will be applied to the continuing development of an emergency orbital reentry spacesuit for high-altitude and orbital rescue operations.
Red Bull’s Felix Baumgartner, French adventurer Michel Fournier and StratoQuest Cheryl Stearns who are conducting balloon jumps. Olav will be the first to jump from a rocket. He commented, “The goal of the FreeFly Astronaut Project is to improve the odds of survival for mankind’s first space pioneers. Our program will help to create the capability to safely descend from the edge of space in case of emergency.” Zipser has signed on for five launches with Interorbital.
Interorbital Systems is very pleased to accept Olav Zipser's choice of our NEPTUNE-Series rocket system as the preferred method of ascent in his effort to break the world altitude skydiving record, and to amass a new collection of experimental data on the rapid FreeFlying descent from the zones between orbital EVAs and high altitude aircraft operations. We look forward to launching Olav Zipser on his "FreeFly Astronaut Program" in the fourth quarter of 2012 ," said Randa Milliron, CEO/CoFounder, Interorbital Systems.