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Team delays 2nd supersonic skydive

2012-10-10 18:30

Albuquerque - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has decided against a second attempt at making a supersonic skydive over New Mexico on Thursday.

Baumgartner aborted his mission on Tuesday due to high winds, but his team had hoped the weather on Thursday might allow him another try.

His meteorologist on Wednesday morning ruled out a Thursday jump. The team will hold a briefing to talk about next steps.

Baumgartner is hoping to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier by jumping from a capsule floated 37km into the stratosphere by 55-story helium balloon.

The jump was postponed due to weather om Monday, then aborted at the last minute on Tuesday.

The balloon is so delicate that it can only take off if winds are 3.2km/h or below on the ground.