Austrian daredevil’s Felix Baumgartner was slated to leap from a balloon nearly 23 miles (37 kilometers) over New Mexico today, but the weather did not cooperate. He hopes to break the sound barrier and set the world record for highest skydive ever made.
Baumgartner’s will being his attempt around dawn on Tuesday by going to near space in a huge helium filled balloon that will lift off from Roswell, N.M., carrying Baumgartner and his capsule to 120,000 feet (36,576 meters).
Baumgartner will then step off the platform to shatter the skydiving world record that has stood for more than 50 years with a mark of 102,800 feet (31,333 m). The current record was set in 1960 by Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger, who now serves as an adviser to Baumgartner’s team.
If everything goes according to plan, Baumgartner will also become the first skydiver ever to break the sound barrier and set records for the longest duration freefall and highest manned balloon flight.
However, many things can go very wrong. Baumgartner’s ascent balloon and capsule require calm conditions due to the fact that the 55-story-tall balloon can be easily damaged. The material the balloon is made of is 10 times thinner than a plastic sandwich bag. The team won’t launch if the winds are in excess of 2 mph (3.2 kph). Very calm weather indeed.
Here is an animated short about what is suppose to happen during the ascent and free fall.
Below is a very interesting infographic courtesy of Our Amazing Planet of Earths atmosphere (you are going to have to scroll a long way down to find Baumgartner’s takeoff point) that gives you a great perspective on where in the atmosphere the jump will be attempted and other very interesting facts.
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