The Red Bull Stratos project is moving ahead nicely as Austria’s Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule from an altitude of approximately 71,580 on March 15 in New Mexico. The 42-year-old pilot rode the space capsule that was attached to a giant helium balloon above the so-called “Armstrong Line” in Roswell, New Mexico. The jump was a warm up to see if Baumgartner can attempt a record-breaking freefall from 120,000 feet later this summer in the same area, which would have him become the first man to supersonic without the support of a vehicle and just space suit and balls of steels. Apparently, no one really knows if Baumgartner will survive such a massive mission.
But if he does mange to successfully achieve the mission, he’ll not only be the first man to go survive the speed of sound without an aircraft but also set the record for the longest free fall with the current one being 5 minutes and 30 seconds that was previously set by Joe Klittinger back in 1960 who jumped from an altitude of 102,800 feet. Here’s a previous post on the Red Bull Stratos project.