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.
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.
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.
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: