Raven Industries Supplies High-Altitude Balloon Used in Record-Setting Red
Bull Stratos Mission
Company's Technology Carries Austrian Felix Baumgartner to Highest Manned
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Raven Industries, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RAVN), in response to numerous inquiries, confirmed today that the
high-altitude research balloons used by Austrian Felix Baumgartner in his
recent record-setting Red Bull Stratos mission, were manufactured by Raven's
Raven Industries was founded in 1956 based on the product line of scientific
balloons. The company's competitor at the time, Winzen Research, supported
numerous manned science programs in the 1950s and 1960s, including Navy
Project Strato-Lab, Air Force Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior. The
latter two involved Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF (Retired), who was involved in
science related to aeromedical effects and life support systems for space
flight, as well as understanding the factors of survivability when ejecting
from high-altitude aircraft. In August 1960, Col. Kittinger jumped from
102,800 feet performing a free-fall of 4 minutes 36 seconds and reaching a top
speed of 614 mph.
Winzen's balloon division merged with Raven's balloon division in 1994. Raven
has continued to develop and manufacture scientific balloons with ever greater
capabilities in lift, flight duration and reliability for NASA, the Air Force
Research Lab, as well as other agencies around the world.
"Raven would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Baumgartner,
Col. Kittinger, and all of the Red Bull Stratos team and support members on a
great accomplishment," said Mark L. West, Raven's chief technology officer.
"Throughout our company's 56-year history we have been dedicated to furthering
the science of these amazing balloons. We understand the level of technology,
dedication and effort that was needed to return man to the stratosphere in
this program. And we are impressed with the professionalism and concern for
safety displayed by the entire Stratos team. We applaud their success."
Red Bull Stratos balloon quick facts:
*Volume: 29.47 million cubic feet
*Diameter: 425 feet (fully inflated)
*Uninflated length: 592 feet
*Weight: 3,708 lbs.
*Type: Zero-pressure balloon manufactured from 0.8 mil high-strength
polyethylene with one reinforcing cap
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About Raven Industries, Inc.
Since 1956, Raven Industries has designed and manufactured high-quality,
high-value technical products. Raven is publicly traded on NASDAQ (RAVN) and
has earned an international reputation for innovation, product quality, high
performance and unmatched service. With strengths in engineering,
manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven serves theprecision
agriculture, high performance specialty films, aerospace, and electronic
manufacturing services markets. Visit www.RavenInd.com for more information.
CONTACT: At the Company:
Tom Iacarella, Vice President and CFO
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