Skydiver gets record for balloon flight

2012-10-14 20:21

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Roswell - Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight on Sunday after his craft rose 39km above New Mexico, project sponsors said.

The 43-year-old daredevil was inside a capsule tethered to the massive but extremely delicate helium balloon high above Roswell, New Mexico.

He aimed to set four world records, including jumping from the capsule to become the first person to break the speed of sound in a skydiving freefall. 

A minor problem developed as the capsule ascended: a heater failed on Baumgartner's helmet faceplate, meaning it was becoming fogged up when he exhaled.

But after considering options they decided to go ahead with the jump.


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