Felix Baumgartner’s deadliest record-breaking supersonic jump

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is a fusion of bravery and madness. On 14th October, he did what no other man has ever done. Felix became the first man to break the sound barrier, without any aircraft assistance in a deadly record-breaking jump from the stratosphere.

Felix jumped from an altitude of 128,097 feet (39,044 meters) over Roswell, New Mexico, reaching a peak speed of about 833 mph (1,342.8 kph) / Mach 1.24. The speed of sound at that altitude is about 690 mph (1,110 kph). After landing safely, he fell to his knees and raised his fists in triumph.

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“Let me tell you – when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You don’t think about breaking records anymore, you don’t think about gaining scientific data – the only thing that you want is to come back alive,” he said afterwards at a media conference.

Baumgartner only had a pressurized suit (costs $US200, 000) to protect him from frigid, oxygen deprived air around him. He also set records for highest manned balloon flight and fastest freefall. The freefall was of about 4 minutes and 20 seconds before opening the parachute. The red bull sponsored event was a science experiment too as it tested the space suit.

The footage was broadcasted live from the Baumgartner’s helmet-cam on YouTube and attracted about 8 million viewers. Felix is an internet sensation and a piece of inspiration that tested the human endurance and proved that nothing is impossible.

 

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