Published on March 15th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Skydiver Jumps From 13 Miles Above Earth’s Surface, Survives To Talk About It
Professional Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner rode inside a pressurized capsule until he reached 71,580 feet this morning and then he opened the door and jumped back to Earth.
During his fastest part of the journey back to earth Felix was traveling 364.4 mph, that’s more than 534 feet per second. The freefall lasted 3 minutes and 43 seconds and then Baumgartner pulled the cord on his shoot and ended up 30 miles from Roswell, New Mexico with a landing time of 9:50 a.m.
When all was said and done it took Felix 8 minutes and 8 seconds to fall fully back to Earth.
The project was called Red Bull Stratos and according to Felix:
“I wanted to open the parachute after descending for a while, but I noticed that I was still at an altitude of 50,000 feet.”
Baumgartner is only the third person in history to jumped from such a dizzying height however his next jump is going to be a record-setting stratospheric skydive of 23 miles high.
Just to reach 13 miles high he had to ride in a pressurized capsule attached to a 165-foot-high helium balloon. The ascension alone took 1 hour and 40 minutes. Once at his highest point temperatures were a cool 75 degrees below zero.
When he jumps from 120,000 feet later this summer he expected to break the sound barrier while free falling for at least 5.5 minutes.
The former record of 102,800 feet (19.5 miles) was set in 1960.
Are you excited to watch Felix Baumgartner be launched out of a capsule from 120,000 feet above Earth’s surface?