Friday, March 16, 2012

Red Bull Stratos 2012: Daredevil skydiver leaps 13 miles from the edge of space at 354mph (and it takes him just 8 minutes to hit the ground)

Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

He's aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles.

Mr Baumgartner lifted off Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, New Mexico, aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet - 13.6 miles - and then jumped.

He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen.

‘The view is amazing, way better than I thought,’ Mr Baumgartner said after the practice jump, in remarks provided by his representatives.

Thursday's rehearsal was a test of his capsule, full-pressure suit, parachutes and other systems.

A mini Mission Control - fashioned after NASA's - monitored his flight. Read More