Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet (36,6 km) in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground.
His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
The 42-year-old Austrian Felix Baumgartner has succeeded Thursday a parachute jump from 72,000 feet (22 km) altitude to survive. It is the highest jump in 50 years. Only two people ever jumped from a greater height and could repeat this. These were a Russian and an American in the sixties of the last century.
The jump in a kind of astronaut took place in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Exactly 3 minutes and 33 seconds later he was down. The Austrian fell at an average speed of 590 kilometers per hour from a hot air balloon. The jump went smoothly. The biggest problem was the cold. “I could barely move my hands. I’ll have to work.” Even at the height he has yet to get used to. “Then after a while I wanted to open the screen, I noticed that I was still above the 15-kilometer sat - in the death zone.”
He only sees the jump as an exercise. Ultimately, his goal to break the world record of 35.5 km altitude jump.