Felix Baumgartner skydived to a picture-perfect landing from 24 miles above the Earth on Sunday morning, tentatively setting three world records—but not before a hairy two-hour ascent. Here’s what happened with his helmet.
By Jennifer BogoPosted 10.15.2012 at 12:22 pm 5 Comments
Yesterday's 23-mile skydive was delayed by gusty wind, but that's just one variable that can shut down a high-altitude ballooning mission. Many people have tried, and failed, to break Joe Kittinger’s record for the highest skydive in the past. Here’s why it’s so hard to pull off—and why Felix Baumgartner just might do it yet.
By Jennifer BogoPosted 10.10.2012 at 10:00 am 8 Comments
The predawn hours are dark and still at the Roswell International Air Center, where today Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team are preparing for his 23-mile-high skydive. There's currently a weather hold due to high winds at 800 feet. Once that hold lifts, here’s the play-by-play of how the morning should unfold from the project’s technical director Art Thompson.
By Jennifer BogoPosted 10.09.2012 at 6:19 am 0 Comments
Roswell, New Mexico, was the drop zone for some of the first high-altitude skydives, precursors to Baumgartner's record-setting dive scheduled for Tuesday. Here, from the archives of the UFO Museum, is a look at those early government efforts--and how they created a public panic.
By Jennifer BogoPosted 10.08.2012 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments
The life-saving technology behind the daredevil's attempt to accomplish the longest free fall in history
By Steven KotlerPosted 04.25.2012 at 10:01 am 15 Comments
Sometime before the end of this year, skydiver Felix Baumgartner intends to climb into a capsule suspended beneath a helium balloon, rise 23 miles above Roswell, New Mexico, open the capsule door, and jump out. On the 120,000-foot free fall—the longest ever attempted—he will face temperatures as low as –70°F and speeds of more than 700 miles an hour, becoming the first person to accelerate through the sound barrier without a craft.