Skydiver's supersonic plunge stalled by rough test

Aug 16, 2012 by MARCIA DUNN

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner will have to wait until fall before attempting a supersonic jump from 23 miles (37 kilometers) above the Earth.

The Austrian was ready to take the plunge high above the desert at the end of this month. But on a test in late July, the capsule that hoisted him to an of more than 18 miles (29 kilometers) was damaged. The space-like capsule landed on a rocky, uneven surface and fell over.

Organizers this week said the craft needs to be rebuilt and tested before Baumgartner attempts his grand finale.

Baumgartner hopes everything will be ready by early to mid-October. He aims to break the sound barrier by jumping from 125,000 feet (38,100 meters). The current record is 102,800 feet (31,333 meters).

Explore further: How bad can solar storms get?

0 shares

Related Stories

Capsule and skydiver ready for record-setting freefall

Mar 08, 2012

Part science experiment, part publicity stunt, part life-long ambition, the Red Bull Stratos mission will feature skydiver Felix Baumgartner attempting to break the speed of sound with his body in a record-setting ...

Supersonic Freefall

Apr 06, 2010

The sound barrier was first broken by an aircraft in 1947, but this year a man will attempt to break the sound barrier with his body alone. His freefall jump from the edge of space will not only break records, ...

Recommended for you

How bad can solar storms get?

4 hours ago

Our sun regularly pelts the Earth with all kinds of radiation and charged particles. How bad can these solar storms get?

Mars rover's ChemCam instrument gets sharper vision

4 hours ago

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover's "ChemCam" instrument just got a major capability fix, as Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists uploaded a software repair for the auto-focus system on the instrument.

GOES-R satellite begins environmental testing

21 hours ago

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing. Environmental testing simulates the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment once the satellite is in orbit. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.