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
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