Update 10/14/12 9:00 a.m.: Crews will once again attempt a launch today as a window of opportunity in the weather conditions is expected to develop.
Update 10/10/12 2:00 p.m.: Tuesday’s launch has been aborted at 11:42 a.m. MDT due to wind gusts making an attempt too risky. There is a second backup balloon but the weather may not be favorable for a launch tomorrow (10/10).
Update 10/9/12 9:00 a.m.: Baumgartner had anticipated making the dive on Monday October 8th, but wind from a cold front in the area forced postponement to Tuesday October 9th.
- Watch Live Streaming Video of the freefall jump!
An Austrian skydiver and daredevil plans to finally complete his long awaited 23-mile high jump from the edge of space on October 8th in what will be the world’s highest ever skydive if he is successful. Felix Baumgartner will lift off from Roswell, New Mexico in a helium filled balloon attached to his specially designed 2900-pound capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet and then leap back to Earth at supersonic speeds.
If Baumgartner is successful with his “space jump,” he will break a 52-year old record of the previous highest skydive of 102,800 feet. That record is held by United States Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger.
Besides an attempt to break the skydiving record, Baumgartner will also break the sound barrier in the jump, which will plummet him to the Earth’s surface at speeds over 900 mph (Mach 1.2). On Oct. 8, Baumgartner hopes to etch his name in the record books for highest skydive, fastest freefall, longest freefall and highest manned balloon flight. The team also hopes to collect some critical data that could be valuable to help enable high-altitude escapes from spacecraft in the future.
“I feel like a tiger in a cage waiting to get out,” the 43-year-old skydiver said in a statement.
- View a video of the jump simulation here.
According to Space.com, “Baumgartner and his team had originally hoped to attempt the record jump in 2010, but they were delayed by a legal challenge that claimed the idea of the dive was suggested to Red Bull by California promoter Daniel Hogan. That lawsuit has been settled out of court, and the mission is moving forward.”
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