Felix Baumgartner Space Jump [VIDEO]

This is one new world record that perhaps no one else may be breaking anytime soon! Felix Baumgartner supersonic space jump made him the first man ever to break the speed of sound by skydiving from very close to earth’s outer space. New head-cam Video.

According to Gizmodo and other new sources, the Austrian daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, was able to successfully complete an unnerving sky dive from a space capsule at 128,100 above ground. At that altitude Baumgartner was very much somewhere in the border of our atmosphere and the outer space at 24 miles above the Earth’s surface! Baumgartner took the trip up in a specially designed one-man capsule attached to a Helium-filled stratospheric balloon, from Roswell New Mexico. The journey up took approximately 2 hours at approximately 1,000 feet per minute, and the jump took 9 minutes and 3 seconds to complete with 4 minutes and 19 seconds of that in free fall. He reached speed of 729 miles per hour during the free fall before opening his parachute. Baumgartner was geared up in a special pressurized space suit with a fully loaded weight of 260lbs. After reaching the designated altitude Baumgartner made the solo jump down back to Earth reaching speed of Mach 1 during the first a few seconds of the free fall jump.

Baumgartner broke the sound speed during the first a few seconds of his jump as he was spinning down towards Earth. The out-of-control spinning during the initial seconds of the fall could have ended the jump in disaster, but Baumgartner was able to take control of the free-fall, stabilizing his descent down. Here is how Baumgartner described his experience:

“One of the most exciting moments was standing out on top of the world, 30 seconds before stepping off… On the step I felt that the whole world is watching. I said I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing. There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable. [this is when he started to spin, apparently out of control]That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound.”

According to Red Bull Stratos Felix Baumgartner mentioned that he thought he will pass out because of the out-of-control spinning. Red Bull Startos is the funding agency behind the mission. Red Bull Stratos reports that Felix Baumgartner’s free fall space jump made him the first man ever to break the sound speed. Baumgartner also broke a few other world records during this mission.

Red Bull Startos Capsule - Felix Baumgartner

Red Bull Startos Capsule – Felix Baumgartner Space Jump

Here is a list of Felix Baumgartner accomplishments:
Source: RedBullStratos.com

  • 2012 – (July 25) Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped from 18 miles / 29 kilometres above the Earth 97,063 feet / 29,584 meters and completed a free fall at a speed of an airliner – 536 miles or 864 kilometres per hour (latest figures sanctioned by USPA and NAA). This jump was a significant achievement in ballooning history but it also proved that safety and recovery systems are functional in preparation for the 120,000 feet attempt.
  • 2012 – First test jump with high altitude balloon and pressurized capsule: Free-fall from 71,581 feet over Roswell, NM. Maximum speed: 364.4 mph. Felix is the third person to leap from that altitude and survive.
  • 2007 – BASE jump from world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan (1,669 feet)
  • 2006 – Felix earned his motorized wings as a helicopter pilot at Twin Air Helicopter School, Van Nuys, USA.
  • 2004 – BASE jump into Marmet Cave in Velebit National Parc, Croatia (623 feet deep)
  • 2004 – World record BASE jump from the highest bridge in the world, Millau Bridge, France (1,125 feet)
  • 2003 – Channel Crossing, Dover, England to Calais, France; first crossing of the English Channel with a carbon wing.
  • 2001 – Nominated for a World Sports Award in London, England (category: Extreme Sports)
  • 1999 – World record BASE jump from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,479 feet)
  • 1999 – World record lowest BASE jump from Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (95 feet)
  • 1997 – World champion title for BASE jumping in West Virginia, United States

Felix Baumgartner also Broke the following world records:
Source: Gizmodo.com

  • The highest altitude ever achieved by any human in a balloon 128,100 feet. The previous record of 113,740 feet climb set by Victor A Parther Jr. and Malcolm D. Ross on May 4, 1961.
  • The highest free fall jump at 128,100 feet. The previous record of 102,800 feet jump from Excelsior III capsule set by Felix’s mentor Joe Kittinger on August 16, 1960.
  • The fastest man on Earth without any kind of mechanical propulsion. The previous record of 614 miles per hour belonged to Joe Kittinger.
  • The only human to travel at speeds faster than the speed of sound. The previous record was set by Chuck Yeager piloting the Bell X-1 on October 14, 1947.


Felix Baumgartner free fall sky jump – Red Bull Stratos


Felix Baumgartner Space Jump New Helmetcam Video – Red Bull Stratos

You can watch a very cool interactive animation of the mission timeline at Red Bull Stratos website – click here.

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