Back on Mother Earth. Mission complete.
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Our hearts raced just watching it.
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Satellite trucks positioned outside of mission control. Ready for a live feed.
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Activities morning of October 14th. The radiosonde has been released into the atmosphere to measure wind speed from over 100,000 ft.
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Balloon layout has started.
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Felix suited up and concentrating inside the airstreamer.
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Felix inside the capsule, going over a checklist with Joe Kittinger back in Mission Control.
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Mike Todd and crew outside the capsule as Felix continues to go through checklist for launch.
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The balloon inflation process takes about 1 hr and 15 minutes. The balloon can be seen as “the engine” of the capsule. The Pibals aloft show wind direction at various levels of the balloons height.
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The capsule prepared to launch
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Teardrop shaped balloon and capsule in the air.
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Felix ascending at an average rate of 1,000 ft per minute. Check list in front of him.
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Joe Kittinger, left, the only person who spoke to Felix during the mission to avoid confusion and on request of Felix.
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Monitors in Mission Control showing the jump.
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Felix Baumgarten landed from the Stratosphere

Posted: Oct 14, 2012 07:54 pm EDT
(Newsdesk) Baumgartner was lifted from Roswell, NM with the helium balloon for nearly two and a half hours before he jumped. The air became so thin the balloon started to float.

Of great concern was when Felix found that a heater of his visor was not working. It meant that the visor fogged up. Although he told Kittinger, the only person he spoke to, it is serious, the jump went ahead.

The Austrian Sky diver broke three records; the highest balloon flight, the highest free fall and the fastest speed.

Preliminary flight figures according to Red Bull Stratos, official data to be confirmed:

Altitude: 128,097 ft
Duration of freefall: 4:19
Total jump time: 9:03
Speed: 1137 km/h

A key member of Baumgarten’s team is Joe Kittinger, current record holder for highest-altitude skydive. On August 16th, 1960 he jumped from a height of 102,800 ft (31,300 m). Kittinger (born July 27, 1928) ascended in a helium balloon launched from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola.

Baumgartner (43) previously reached a speed of 536mph/863kph in training. To imagine the speed: compare to average flight speed for a commercial airliner at 500 mph.

As for the altitude, the Kármán line, at 62 miles (100 km) above sea level, is conventionally used as the start of space. But space for man usually starts at 62000 ft (19 km) says test pilot, balloon pioneer and Felix's mentor Joe Kittinger, "above that the blood boils and without a pressure suit you die very quickly."

At 113,740 feet, / 34.668 meters stands the Altitude record for highest manned balloon flight (Victor Prather and Malcolm Ross, Project Strato-Lab, 1961).

On July 25th, 2012 Baumgartner jumped from an altitude of 96,640ft / 29,455m at 536mph / 863kph; after 3 minutes and 48 seconds in freefall leading up to a 10 minute and 36 descent.

Related links:

Watch live Space Jump: comparison of technology from past to present.

Space Jump watch: Felix Baumgartner’s next attempt.

Winging it! Exweb interview with Joby Ogwyn.

ExWeb record jump current: word from private space suit designer and wing suit glider about Baumgartner attempt.

Felix ready to roll UPDATE: mission abort.

Red Bull Stratos website.

Red Bull Stratos interview with Felix Baumgarten.

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