Daredevil Attempting Skydiving Record
Posted on October 1, 2012 by
Felix Baumgartner is at it again. Remember the guy who used a rocket-powered wing to cross the English Channel and Grand Canyon? This time, he's planning to skydive from 23 miles up (120,000 ft) in an attempt to break the world record for the highest skydive. The current record is 102,800 ft, set in 1960 by US Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, who is serving as an adviser for this mission.
Sponsored by Red Bull beverages and dubbed "Stratos," the mission is planned for October 8th. If the weather cooperates, Felix will depart from Roswell, New Mexico inside a specially designed capsule hanging from a stratospheric weather balloon. Roswell was selected due to its favorable balloon launching conditions, and supposedly not for any alien connections.
Once at target altitude, Felix will exit the pod and begin his freefall in a suit necessary to protect him from pressure and temperature, and provide him with oxygen. Though publicity for the event claims that Baumgartner is jumping from the "edge of space," space technically doesn't begin until about 60 miles above sea level. But at 120,000 feet, he's jumping at approximately 3 times higher than the cruising altitude for commercial airliners.
In addition to the height record, Baumgartner should also become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier on his descent.
Find out more about Stratos, and watch the event live at 6:00am MDT on Monday, October 8th at www.redbullstratos.com.