Skydiver aims for supersonic plunge

2012-09-26 12:27
Austrian base jumper Felix Baumgartner poses in a hangar at the Red Bull headquarters in Salzburg. (Mike Vogel, AFP)

Austrian base jumper Felix Baumgartner poses in a hangar at the Red Bull headquarters in Salzburg. (Mike Vogel, AFP)

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Cape Canaveral - The countdown is on for skydiver Felix Baumgartner. In just two weeks, the Austrian parachutist will attempt to go supersonic when he jumps from a record altitude of 37km over the US.

Baumgartner expects to reach a top speed of 1 110km/h and break the sound barrier with only his body.

Project managers announced on Tuesday the attempt will take place 8 October.

Baumgartner jumped from 29km in July. This time, he hopes to break the all-time record of 31km set in 1960.

Baumgartner's capsule was damaged in the latest practice jump and had to be repaired and retested. A giant helium balloon will hoist the pressurized capsule with Baumgartner inside, dressed in a pressure suit.

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