Daredevil suits up for stratosphere jump

2012-10-14 16:46
Felix Baumgartner. Picture: Red Bull Stratos, HO/AP

Felix Baumgartner. Picture: Red Bull Stratos, HO/AP

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Roswell - An Austrian daredevil suited up on Sunday in hopes of making his delayed skydive from a balloon flying 37km above the planet and breaking the sound barrier.

Crews early on Sunday began spreading out the massive but delicate helium balloon so it could be inflated to carry skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, into the stratosphere. The launch, scrapped several times during the previous week by high winds, depends on calm skies.

The 850,000m³ plastic balloon, which is about one-tenth the thickness of a Ziploc bag, or roughly as thin as a dry cleaner bag, can only be launched if winds are 3km/h or less between ground level and an altitude of about 244m.

The scheduled 07:30 (13:30 GMT) launch time was pushed back to late morning in hopes of better wind conditions, the project sponsors said.

The launch is expected to start at 17:45 SA time.

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