Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Red Bull Stratos
Skydiver, base jumper, and certified maniac, Felix Baumgartner will attempt a daring jump from the Earth's stratosphere a mere 120,000 feet from the ground. Felix, who will be outfitted with a state of the art 260lb pressure suit, will leap from his pressurized capsule and plummet to the ground at subsonic speeds.
If all goes to plan, Felix will set multiple new world records and break three previously set by US Air Force Colonel, Joe Kittinger during his 102,800 foot jump in 1960:
-Freefall from highest altitude, 120,000 feet
-First human to reach supersonic speed in freefall, 690mph
-Longest freefall time, est. 5minutes 35seconds
-Highest manned balloon flight
No official launch date has been released as of yet, but the mission has been confirmed for Roswell, NM before the end of 2012.
Check out this cool interactive page on the Red Bull Stratos site