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Felix Baumgartner Skydives from the Edge of Space [Video]

Yesterday Felix Baumgartner broke the record for highest skydive by leaping out of a capsule 128,100 feet above the Earth. Check out his jump in the following videos.

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.

The above video is a 2 minute highlight reel of the ascent and jump; check out the full 15 minute descent video here. For an in-depth look at the technology used to keep Baumgartner safe during his record setting journey, hit up the link below.

The Tech Behind Felix Baumgartner’s Stratospheric Skydive [ExtremeTech]

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  • Published 10/15/12

Comments (5)

  1. moosester

    Amazing! Free falling from over 24 miles and absolutely sticking the landing despite the fact that his ground crew couldn’t give him proper wind direction. Were they sticking a wet finger out the window? Would love to see helmet cam footage of this.

  2. awesomesauce
  3. sragan5

    This was amazing! I’m wandering if he was able to appreciate the beauty of the earth against the blackness of space, or maybe it was all just a blur as he fell. I was lucky enough to have skydived out of a small plane once. A group of us got together and decided to jump. By the time we all practiced jumping off of a picnic bench to simulate a parachute landing without breaking our legs, I was scared to death. While we were all sitting in the plane, 5000 ft in the air, the pilot asked which of us wanted to go first. I was so frightened by then, I knew that if I didn’t jump first that I would not jump at all. So I went first. I had to sit in the door of the plane with my feet dangling. Then I had to pull myself out of the plane by grabbing hold of the wing, stand there for a second and push myself off from the plane, and get my body in the proper position as I was free falling. The parachute opened. I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery for a few seconds before I landed in a cornfield. And I didn’t break anything. I was happy and relieved. And I’ll never do it again as long as I live! I’m wandering if Mr. Baumgartner wasn’t the least little bit scared.

  4. r

    …next time he should try it with a really long bungee chord

  5. 0xRiddle

    HEY ! redbull was sponsoring this as you can see, but what happened to the “gives you wings” slogan ??

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