Supersonic skydiver's records confirmed

Feb 22, 2013
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner attends the FIS World Cup men's downhill race on January 26, 2013 in Kitzbuehel, Austrian Alps. Baumgartner broke three world records when he jumped from the edge of space in October, the World Air Sports Federation confirmed on Friday.

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke three world records when he jumped from the edge of space in October, the World Air Sports Federation confirmed on Friday.

The Swiss-based federation, also known as the FAI, said Baumgartner notched up the world's maximum vertical speed record, as well as the highest exit altitude and vertical distance of .

The FAI confirmed a final analysis by Baumgartner's team Red Bull Stratos, which said that the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or Mach 1.25, in freefall.

Baumgartner's jump took place last October 14 in Roswell in the US state of New Mexico.

He was first carried up in a pressurised capsule attached to a to an altitude of 38,969.4 metres (127,852.4 feet).

Wearing a specially-designed survival suit, he launched himself to Earth, freefalling 36,402.6 metres before opening his parachute.

"By breaking these world records, Felix adds his names to the list of FAI world record holders which includes prestigious air sport personalities such as Charles Lindbergh, and, more recently, Bertrand Piccard and Steve Fossett," the federation underlined.

Explore further: NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Austrian eyes record jump from edge of space in US

Oct 08, 2012

An Austrian daredevil is hoping to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space Tuesday, setting records as he breaks the speed of sound in freefall in the skies above the US state of New Mexico.

Austrian daredevil eyes new space jump at weekend

Oct 11, 2012

An Austrian daredevil hopes to make a new record-breaking attempt to jump from the edge of space Sunday, after his initial launch bid was aborted due to gusting winds, organizers said.

Recommended for you

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

1 hour ago

Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet.

Elon Musk's SpaceX drops lawsuit against Air Force

11 hours ago

A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed ...

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto: Smile for the camera!

Jan 23, 2015

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy ...

Gullies on Vesta suggest past water-mobilized flows

Jan 23, 2015

(Phys.org)—Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its ...

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Fabio P_
1 / 5 (1) Feb 22, 2013
Still a waste of precious helium.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (1) Feb 22, 2013
Still a waste of precious helium.
Anda
1 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2013
The only waste here are the comments above.
Spirit of adventure and going beyond our limits is what makes us humans.

2 similar dumb comments... New weekly nick "waterripples"?

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.