Being a daredevil today asks for challenges more amazing than jumping with a car through a ring of fire. Daredevil Felix Baumgartner knows how to draw a public. This Wednesday Felix Baumgartner jumped from 18 miles and has plans for a record breaking stratospheric leap.
It’s basically impossible to imagine the rush one could get taking a jump from 18 miles. So far, only two daredevils got to experience that. The first was Joe Kittinger, a skydiving legend who set the record for free-falling back in 1960. He jumped from more than 19 miles. The second is 43-year-old daredevil Felix Baumgartner who is preparing to break that record into pieces.
This Wednesday, daredevil Felix Baumgartner successfully achieved a jump from 18 miles. Red Bull Stratos officials announced he jumped Wednesday from a custom-built capsule at 96,640 feet above New Mexico. During a 3 minutes and 48 seconds free fall, Baumgartner reached a staggering speed of 536 mph. Just 10 minutes after taking the 18 miles stratospheric jump, the daredevil opened his parachute and eventually landed safely.
But Wednesday’s stratospheric jump was just practice. Baumgartner is preparing for a record breaking stratospheric leap from over 22 miles above the Earth. The Austrian daredevil’s space jump might seem like pretty basic, but it involves a custom-built capsule, perfect weather, a space suit and helmet supplied with oxygen.
He might have survived Wednesday’s 18 miles free fall but the 22 miles jump will give him a place in the record book for becoming the first person to break the speed of sound. The mission plans read Baumgartner will fly to more than 120,000 feet using a high-altitude helium balloon.
When Baumgartner will reach the desired altitude, “he will then exit the capsule and jump – protected only by a pressurized ‘space’ suit and helmet supplied with oxygen”. It will be the daredevil’s “attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound and reach supersonic speeds in free-fall before parachuting to the ground”.
Reaching supersonic speeds means Felix Baumgartner would be dropping towards the Earth at Mach 1, which is roughly 690 mph. It won’t be his first time at such high speeds, but it is definitely a big step from his previous records.