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: Testing immune cells on the International Space Station

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

Testing immune cells on the International Space Station

3 hours ago

The human body is fine-tuned to Earth's gravity. A team headed by Professor Oliver Ullrich from the University of Zurich's Institute of Anatomy is now conducting an experiment on the International Space Station ...

Easter morning delivery for space station

9 hours ago

Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived Sunday morning via the SpaceX company's Dragon cargo capsule.

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Apr 19, 2014

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Sun emits a mid-level solar flare

Apr 18, 2014

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful ...

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"?

More news stories

Easter morning delivery for space station

Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived Sunday morning via the SpaceX company's Dragon cargo capsule.

Making graphene in your kitchen

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material—the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.