Felix Baumgartner makes record-breaking 24-mile free fall jump above New Mexico
Extreme sports enthusiast Felix Baumgartner made his record-breaking free fall jump Sunday from a capsule some 128,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico. He began his ascent into the stratosphere about 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday.
According to Reuters, Brian Utley, the certification official for the Federation Aeronautic International, said that “preliminary figures indicate Baumgartner broke a total of three established world records, including the highest altitude skydive, longest freefall without a parachute and fastest fall achieved during a skydive.”
Skydiver safely jumps from stratosphere over New Mexico
Zelie Pollon | Reuters
3:50 p.m. EDT, October 15, 2012
ROSWELL, New Mexico (Reuters) – An Austrian daredevil leapt into the stratosphere from a balloon near the edge of space 24 miles above Earth on Sunday and safely landed, setting a record for the highest skydive and breaking the sound barrier in the process.
Cheers broke out as Felix Baumgartner, 43, jumped from a skateboard-sized shelf outside the 11-by-8-foot (3.3-by-2.4 meter) fiberglass and acrylic capsule that was carried higher than 128,000 feet by an enormous balloon.
“We love you Felix!” screamed the crowd gathered in a mission control setting at his launch site in Roswell, New Mexico as more than 8 million people watched his feat online.
Baumgartner’s body pierced the atmosphere at 833.9 miles per hour, according to preliminary numbers released by Brian Utley, the certification official for the Federation Aeronautic International, at a press conference afterward.
Baumgartner’s speed clinched one of his goals: to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, typically measured at more than 690 mph. And he did so on the 65th anniversary of legendary American pilot Chuck Yeager’s flight shattering the sound barrier on October 14, 1947.
Utley said preliminary figures indicate Baumgartner broke a total of three established world records, including the highest altitude skydive, longest freefall without a parachute and fastest fall achieved during a skydive.
Baumgartner landed safely on the ground and raised his arms in a victory salute just 10 minutes after he stepped into the air. Soon he was hugged by his mother and father, who took their first trip outside Europe to see his historic plunge, and his girlfriend jumped up and wrapped her legs around him.
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Oct 21, 2012 @ 10:43:21
In 1977 mrs Elvira Fomicheva (1950) from Russia jumped from 35 kilometer.
and is still female record holder for high altitude jumps
The russians used this experience in their space program.
Most safty bulletins revolved from this are written in blood, but provide others (our astronauts) with useful information
how to survive in space.
Fame and respect is the only reward, this is priceless!
Well done Felix and Elvira!!!!
Oct 14, 2012 @ 15:18:44
I personally cannot believe that in 1960 U.S. Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger was able to accomplish this with less or limited advances in technology!!! It must be much easier and safer in 2012!!! 52 years later!!!
Oct 12, 2012 @ 08:44:51
God Speed Felix!!! If not for brave men willing to explore the unknow, we’d still be living in the dark ages!
Oct 11, 2012 @ 08:19:51
I agree with David. I really isn’t worth it. Please put a lot of thought into it.
Oct 10, 2012 @ 22:24:30
Are you stupid it takes a lot of training fool! Basically without his years of experience and the thousands of dollars invested in the equipment he could either A. pass the fuck out on the way down due to the enormous stress put on his body the force of gravity or B) his skin could literally boil from falling that fast. So to answer your question what kind of training it takes? It takes a lot of training, timing and planning to get this right.
Oct 15, 2012 @ 07:29:46
It appears you were wrong on both counts, Robert. So, NOW who’s stupid?
Oct 10, 2012 @ 17:46:03
God Bless you Mr. Baumgartner. You are in my prayers. You are awesome!
Oct 10, 2012 @ 04:36:22
Honestly son, I do hope you survive this incredibly foolish stunt. I just have one question for you Felix, is this chance at your 15 minutes of fame worth the value of your life? Think it over and know that I, and many others, won’t think any less of you for passing up this lame attempt at fame.
Oct 09, 2012 @ 23:49:33
NEW YouTube video featuring and supporting Felix Baumgartner and music that gives back to Baltimore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfoO9EE9eR4&feature=plcp
Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:27:44
Go for it, Felix! The world is beneath you but also behind you!
Oct 09, 2012 @ 12:44:09
When is he supposed to jump?
Oct 09, 2012 @ 12:07:53
Hi brave man! Your confidence and God are with you. You will do it. Best wishes buddy!
Oct 09, 2012 @ 10:37:17
GOOD LUCK FELIX! YOU ARE AWESOME! GO REDBULL STRATOS!
Oct 09, 2012 @ 10:11:55
Good luck Felix. You are a brave man!!
Super Dave Osborn
Oct 09, 2012 @ 14:20:54
What kind of training does it take to fall from the sky? Seems like gravity does most of the work, if not all.