Felix Baumgartner will jump from a record 120,000 feet and will even set an altitude record for the highest manned balloon flight just getting there.
On his way down the Austrian will set a distance record for longest free-fall and is expected to become the first person to break the speed of sound with his own body.
It is thought that the fall – due to happen this spring/summer – will last more than five minutes.
Maybe Baumgartner should think of another record to break on the way down… like seeing how many crackers he can eat.
The records Felix Baumgartner will set
1. Altitude record for freefall
2. Distance record for longest freefall
3. Speed record for fasted freefall by breaking the speed of sound with the human body
4. Altitude record for the highest manned balloon flight
In 1960, United States Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, made aerospace history by freefalling from 102,800 feet. This achievement contributed valuable data that set the groundwork for the United States’ first space program.
Kittinger has been advising Felix on operational safety and bringing his extensive experience to the programme. Over the last two years he has been preparing himself mentally and physically in order to attempt this new challenge, which has already begun to provide important learnings.