Skydiver gets record for balloon flight

2012-10-14 20:21

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.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-14 20:25

    Wow. Really fascinating stuff. I watched the whole thing. It was great.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-14 20:27

      Was great, wasn't it?

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-14 20:28

      Look Ma - I am blasting through the sky doing 1175km/h :)

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-14 20:35

      Got a fright though when he was tumbling... Well done and congrats...

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-14 20:36

      Give that man a Bells!!!!

  • - 2012-10-14 20:29

    Now that was a part of History... just fantastic! I remember as a child listening to the first lunar landing... just a wow moment! We salute you Felix & Red Bull for making this possible and for us to be able to witness it in the way we just have!

  • gerhard.minnaar.716 - 2012-10-14 20:30

    Congrats Felix!!!

  • mzseatla - 2012-10-14 20:34

    Was Worth the watch!!! Congrats Felix !!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-14 20:38

      For sure! Bandwidth well spent!

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-14 20:35

    Very well done Felix and the Red Bull Stratos team. It all went like clockwork, congratulations. If only we'd had such great coverage and communications back in July 1969. Breathing again here !!!!

  • TylerReeveHunter - 2012-10-14 20:40

    Redbull did some amazing stuff right there :D well done felix

  • FloorWizPro - 2012-10-14 20:46

    Another alien landing at Roswell, confirmed!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-14 20:48

    Fantastic, History in the making. Watched the whole show and was so proud of Felix. What a man. Felix has Landed.

  • Joe - 2012-10-14 20:51

    Awesome to watch!Well done!

  • andy.zaidman.1 - 2012-10-14 22:10

    Absolutely amazing , well done Felix!

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