Red Bull Stratos adventurer, Felix Baumgartner, has jumped out of a space capsule from an altitude of 29km and reached an outlandish freefall speed of 862 km/h. And this was only his test jump in preparation for the jump from the ‘edge of space’, 38.1 km up within the next month or so.
The jump he made a couple of days ago was from an altitude of 29.455 meters and included a 3 minute 48 second freefall leading up to a 10 minute and 36 second decent. Have a look.
He will attempt to break the current record which has stood for 50 years at 31.3 km.
“Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his custom-built capsule at an altitude of 96,640 feet (29,456 meters) above southeastern New Mexico, officials with Red Bull Stratos — the name of Baumgartner’s mission — announced today.
In today’s jump, Baumgartner experienced freefall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a top speed of 536 mph (863 kph), project officials said. Baumgartner then opened his parachute and glided to Earth safely about 10 minutes and 30 seconds after stepping into the void.” [Space.com]
Can’t wait to see the actual footage of the main jump when it happens.