The balloon envelope has arrived ahead of schedule. Some test flights will be made in it soon. The balloon gondola modifications are now being planned to allow me to sit on the edge of my 'step off' platform. Kittenger's step had a sign which read 'The Highest Step in the World'. For this jump mine will read 'The Highest Step in Europe'.
Our research shows that this 52,000 feet jump will make me the third highest parachutist in history.
Pressure suit, HALO helmet and Oxygen mask, together with the high altitude oxygen consol for both parachutist and balloon pilot are now being ordered in advance of altitude chamber and indoor wind tunnel testing. The parachutist's bail out system (ie the personal oxygen system worn during freefall) is also on order.
Intensive wind tunnel tunnel training will continue in the UK or overseas with press photo opportunities. Ultimately I'll be in the tunnel with all the kit for the big jump. After this jump, it'll be in a full space suit...watch this space :-)