World Record Skydive

October 8th, 2012 at 11:29 am by under Weather

On Wednesday morning Daredevil Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the world record for highest ever skydive.  The 43 year old plans to make the jump from a helium filled balloon that will take him almost 23 miles above the Earth’s surface! 

The launch mission was scheduled to take place this (Monday) morning, but has been delayed due to a strong cold front, low clouds and some drizzle over Baumgartner’s base station in Roswell, New Mexico.  Once the cold front moves by, conditions will settle, and should be perfect for the record breaking feat. 

On Wednesday morning, when Baumgartner makes his attempt to break a nearly 50 world record, he will launch the largest manned balloon in history, 168 metres high at the start with a volume of 850, 000 cubic metres.  If all goes to plan, the balloon will lift the daredevil 120,000 ft. above the New Mexico desert. 

After leaping from the monster balloon, Baumgartner will free fall toward the Earth, in a descent that will see him become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.  Once on the ground, his team coined “Red Bull Stratos” (sponsored by the energy drink Red Bull) will celebrate after a nearly 10 minute free fall.

 

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