Austria’s Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Baumgartner reached an estimated speed of 1,137 km jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall and set several other records* while delivering valuable data for future space exploration.
ROSWELL, New Mexico – After flying to an altitude of 39,044 meters (128,097 feet) in a helium-filled balloon on Sunday morning, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.
Baumgartner landed safely with his parachute in the desert of New Mexico after jumping out of his space capsule at 39,044 meters and plunging back towards earth, hitting a maximum of speed of 1,137 km/h through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:19-minute long freefall. Baumgartner’s jump lasted a total of 9:03 minutes. Countless millions of people around the world watched his ascent and jump live on television broadcasts and live stream on the Internet. At one point during his freefall Baumgartner appeared to spin rapidly, but he quickly re-gained control and moments later opened his parachute as members of the ground crew cheered and viewers around the world heaved a sigh of relief.
* The data on the records set by the jump are preliminary pending confirmation from the authorized governing bodies.
Twin Atlantic’s Spaced Out version of Free created specifically for the event was used as the official soundtrack to the event and on the highlights clip which is available to download here: http://smarturl.it/tafreespacedout
Supports for UK Oct / Nov are confirmed and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll have lots of amazing friends out on the road with us !
Our good friend Charlie Simpson will be very special guest support on all shows & our brothers & sisters from California, Dead Sara will open all shows except the two hometown Glasgow Barrowland shows which will be opened by two of our favourite Scottish bands, Carnivores (Friday) & United Fruit (Saturday)
Check them all out if you haven’t already!
Limited tickets are still available for most of the shows and you can get a hold of them at http://bit.ly/SQyXVH or by checking the poster for details ! See you on the road ..
Unfortunately we are having to pull out of our US West Coast dates w/ The Used later this month due to illness. Sorry to everyone who had a ticket but we’ll be back fighting fit as soon as possible. Sam has a written a few words about the reasons we’re having to cancel and you can see them below.
Once again, big apologies USA and we’ll see you soon!
It is with deep regret, disappointment and frustration that we have been advised to pull out of the forthcoming West Coast tour with The Used due to an issue I am experiencing with the muscles in my throat. “Muscle Tension Dysphonia” is the technical term, but I’d like to put it a different way. Being in this band is our lifelong passion, so the idea of stopping to rest hasn’t really crossed our minds these past 5 years. If you want something badly enough you’ve got to go out there and earn it, but that also means pushing yourself to your limits and then past the line. The problem is we have not stopped pushing and it is my throat that has finally said “no more”. We’ve watched our fan base grow in the States this last year and have made great memories with you all so it is particularly bad timing, but this decision is to ensure that we can keep on rocking and therefore rolling through your towns and cities for the years to come with that Scottish whiny tone you’ve grown to accept. To our UK fans fear not as this decision has you all in mind. We owe a lot of thanks to you guys for everything we have achieved on this album so far and this being it’s final hurrah we naturally thought you wouldn’t want a squawking weasel in front of you all on stage. Our October & November tour will remain the same due to vocal therapy sessions that I’ll be partaking in over the next few weeks. Here’s to the community we are all becoming part of.
Hoping and trusting you will understand… Big love, Sam McTrusty. (ULTRA)
Thank you Reading and Leeds Festivals, that was special. We had a great time at the NME Tent signing and meeting with fans. As always everyone performed brilliantly and made the weekend so enjoyable. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the “Yes, I was drunk” EP bundle available now.
We regret to announce that due to illness Twin Atlantic will be unable to perform at Open Air Gampel this weekend in Switzerland.
Sam McTrusty from the band had the following comment: “After touring non-stop over the last couple of years my vocals are feeling the effects and on doctors’ orders I have been advised to take some time off. Apologies to anyone who was planning on seeing us this weekend. We hope to be back in Switzerland in the not too distant future.”
For everyone on the west side of the states we are pleased to announce that we will be playing some shows with The Used and you are invited to join us. All the dates and ticket links are below, tickets go on sale on Friday.
9/18 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater – Tickets: http://bit.ly/P3P2Uw
9/19 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre – Tickets: http://bit.ly/MEg8nk
9/21 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
9/22 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
9/23 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory – Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/NrRndS
9/25 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory – Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/Omqhzf
9/27 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater – Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/OmqmTw
9/28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory – Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/ObVB7t
We are excited to be playing on the Vans Warped Tour next month in the US. Look for us on the Kevin Says stage, times will be announced in the morning of the stop. We will also have a merch tent set up that we will be hanging around so be sure to come by and say hello. Tickets can be purchased from the Warped Tour Website.
We have released a “Live” Ep on our Facebook page to download for free. The EP includes “Free”, “Time For You to Stand Up” and “What is Light? Where is Laughter” from the O2 Academy performance in Glasgow, as well as “Make a Beast of Myself” and “Crash Land” from the Acoustic Church performance. You can listen to the tracks below and then download them here.