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Sunday, 14 October 2012

FELIX BAUMGARTNER: HIS STRATOSPHERIC RECORD-BREAKING SKYDIVE

 
After several delays due to weather conditions, this evening, 43-year-old Austrian, Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128.000 feet / 24 miles / 39 kilometres above New Mexico. A record-breaking freefall jump to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while also obtaining valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
 Officials say that Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound. Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation announced that Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during his jump Sunday over the New Mexico desert.


It took just under 10 minutes for him to reach the desert surface below. Baumgartner says that traveling faster than sound is "hard to describe because you don't feel it." With no reference points, "you don't know how fast you travel".

More on Felix's jump here BBC
 
Video Freefall from the Edge of Space - Felix Baumgartner:

Video press-conference after jump:



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