(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.
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