Felix Baumgartner also called “Fearless Felix” has always been known for dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. And, now he has set another world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometers (128,000 ft), at an averages speed of 1,342 kilometers per hour (834 mph).
This was the part of his latest project “Red Bull Stratos“. Earlier this launch was supposed to take place on 9th of October but was delayed and then postponed due to weather. On 14th October, Baumgartner first flew approximately 39 kilometres into the stratosphere over New Mexico in a small capsule attached to a helium balloon which took him more than two hours to reach his point above the Earth.
As he exited his capsule from high above Earth, he flashed a thumbs-up sign. He came down in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule. He activated his parachute as he neared Earth and landed without any apparent difficulty. He then was taken by helicopter to meet fellow members of his team.
The biggest risk Baumgartner faced was spinning out of control, which could have exerted excessive G-force and made him lose consciousness. A controlled dive from the capsule was essential, putting him in a head-down position to increase speed.
Baumgartner broke the sound barrier on his descent thus possibly becoming the first human to do so without vehicular power. Baumgartner also attempted to break three other world records—the highest manned balloon flight, the highest altitude jump, and the longest time in free fall. The total jump (until contact was made with the ground) lasted approximately ten minutes.
“When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive,” he said after the jump.
The speed at which Baumgartner skydived ie; 1,342 kilometers per hour is faster than the speed of sound. Baumgartner says that traveling faster than sound is “hard to describe because you don’t feel it.” With no reference points, “you don’t know how fast you travel,” he told reporters.
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