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.
A skydiver jumps from the edge of space to set a
record—and help plan an exit strategy for orbital tourists
By Bjorn CareyPosted 04.10.2010 at 5:51 pm 1 Comment
Before famed skydiver Felix Baumgartner can jump out of his balloon at 120,000 feet, his ground crew will have to clear it with the Federal Aviation Administration. “Felix will be coming in like a missile,” says Jon Clark, the medical director of the Red Bull Stratos mission. “We don’t want him to be confused with one.”
Here's Felix Baumgartner's plan: Float a balloon to 120,000 feet. Jump out. Break the sound barrier. Don't die. Simple, right?
If Baumgartner, a world famous base jumper and skydiver, pulls off the feat, he'll set the record for the world's highest jump and become the first person to break the sound barrier with his body alone. During the jump, he'll also collect data on how the human body reacts to a fall from such heights, which could be useful for planning orbital escape plans for future space tourists and astronauts.