Aus­tri­an Felix Baum­gart­ner earned his place in the his­to­ry books on Sun­day 14 Octo­ber 2012. He devel­oped a speed of 1,342.8 km / h in free fall, jump­ing from the stratos­phere. This made him the first per­son to exceed the speed of sound in free fall and set sev­er­al oth­er records, pro­vid­ing valu­able data for future space explo­ration.

jump from the stratosphere

Baum­gart­ner climbed to a height of 39,045 meters on a heli­um-filled bal­loon, from where he made the jump. Felix broke the sound bar­ri­er in free fall just 65 years after Chuck Yea­ger did it in a spe­cial rock­et-pow­ered exper­i­men­tal air­craft. The 43-year-old Aus­tri­an also broke two oth­er records by mak­ing the high­est free fall and the high­est rise in a hot air bal­loon. It is unlike­ly that any­one will be able to beat these records, since the jump was car­ried out from the very lim­it­ing bor­der of the stratos­phere.
Felix Baumgartner
Here are the words of Blaum­gart­ner him­self after the jump: “It was an incred­i­ble jump, as well as an incred­i­ble project as a whole. There were some tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, first with the launch, and then with the pow­er sup­ply. After the jump, I began to spin quick­ly and the speed of these rev­o­lu­tions con­stant­ly increased “At times it was real­ly bru­tal and for a few sec­onds I thought I was going to pass out. I did not feel a super­son­ic pop, because I put all my efforts into sta­bi­liz­ing the sit­u­a­tion. We must wait for the offi­cial results, which will con­firm that the bar­ri­er has been over­come. “

Baum­gart­ner and his team spent about five years train­ing and prepar­ing for the Red Bull Stratos mis­sion, which was designed to study how the body copes with the extreme con­di­tions and pres­sures at the edge of space.

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Octo­ber 14, 2012. Pilot Felix Baum­gart­ner before enter­ing the cap­sule in Roswell, New Mex­i­co, USA:

And here is the bal­loon that lift­ed the cap­sule with the pilot into the stratos­phere:

The moment of the jump from the open cap­sule:

Suc­cess­ful land­ing and the joy of the team:

I sug­gest you look at the most inter­est­ing moments of the Red Bull Stratos on the video: