World skydive record attempt under way

by Anonymous on Oct. 14th, 2012

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver attempting to break several frreefall records, has lifted off from Roswell, New Mexico and is ascending into the stratosphere and beyond as I write. The helium balloon that's lifting him upward is, right now, nearing 100,000 feet at a rate of about 15 feet/second. He hopes to reach 120,000 and then leave the capsule for about a 10 minute jump back to Earth. Half of that time will be spent in freefall. That's all I know. You can watch a delayed webcast of it at the BBC website.

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mdr says:

He did it! Felix Baumgartner made his jump and broke several skydive records. The event was well covered by cameras and I have to say it was thrilling to watch especially when he first stepped off from the capsule to go into freefall. His unverified record speed was about 729 miles per hour! Not quite the speed of sound but what the heck.

posted on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 1:59pm
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mdr says:

I guess I didn't have all the info as I just read that Felix did indeed break the sound barrier during his freefall, hitting a top speed of Mach 1.24. Wow!

posted on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 7:53pm

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