Think you’ve had a crazy morning? How about stepping into a spacesuit and jumping from a pressurized capsule 96,640 feet above the Earth? Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian B.A.S.E. jumper, successfully landed the second Red Bull Stratos test jump early this morning over Roswell, New Mexico, bringing him and his team one giant step closer to setting a new record.
The first test jump this past spring, at 71,580 feet, went off smoothly. After two days of postponements, first due to weather and then due to high winds, Red Bull Stratos was a go for its second manned test jump. The team announced on the Stratos website: "We are airborne! Felix is on his way up inside a pressurized space capsule to 90,000 ft under a helium-filled balloon."
The Red Bull Stratos site went dark for a few hours as people from around the world tweeted questions and waited for the capsule carrying Baumgartner to rise to roughly 90,000 feet. Then the team announced in a short news report that Baumgartner had successfully landed the test jump after 3 minutes and 48 seconds of free fall leading up to a 10 minute and 36 second descent.
Baumgartner is attempting to be the first man to jump from 120,000 feet above the Earth, breaking a 52-year-old record held by Joe Kittinger, who is now a part of the Red Bull Stratos team. The project has been five years in the making. The second manned test jump is the final test before Baumgartner goes for the record -- some time before the end of September, weather permitting.
This second jump gives Baumgartner the confidence to put his skills and training to the ultimate test.
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