Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Record Freefall

Watch Felix Baumgartner's epic, record breaking jump from the edge of space.

"Supported by a team of experts, Felix ascended in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he took a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall." -redbull

Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from 128k' - Mission Highlights


Video description:
After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

Watch the Full Recap: Mission Accomplished - Red Bull Stratos - World Record Freefall


About Felix:
Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1969, Felix began skydiving at the age of 16 and polished his skills as part of the Austrian military's demonstration and competition team. In 1988, he began performing skydiving exhibitions for Red Bull. The company's out-of-the-box thinking and Felix's adventurous spirit clicked, and they've collaborated ever since.

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