Red Bull Stratos skydiver Felix Baumgartner starts prep for supersonic jump

Red Bull Stratos

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Today’s launch continues to be aborted due to windy conditions. Make sure to come along again when Baumgartner and team next attempt to stun the planet.

A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s dying-repel, 23-mile free fall under the southeastern Boise State Broncos desert was lifted Tuesday morning and deck hands started installing his balloon.

The planned morning hours launch have been postponed by high winds. But simply before 9 a.m., the winds settled and also the team made the decision to proceed with intends to result in the flight, a procedure that will take about two hrs.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria intends to remove inside a 55-story, ultra-thin and simple-to-tear helium balloon which will take him in to the stratosphere for that jump. He hopes it’ll make him the very first skydiver to interrupt seem barrier and shatter three other world records.

Individuals’ plans were under consideration before sunrise, when winds at 700 ft above ground – the top balloon – were 20 miles per hour, far beyond the three miles per hour maximum for any safe launch, stated mission meteorologist Don Day.

After sunrise, Day stated there have been signs top of the level winds might calm, therefore the team pressed the launch window from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., noon in the latest.

This balloon mechanism have been scheduled to produce about 7 a.m. from the area close to the airport terminal inside a flat dusty town that so far continues to be most widely known for any rumored 1947 UFO landing.

When the mission goes, Baumgartner can make a virtually three-hour ascent to 120,000 ft, then have a bunny-style hop from the pressurized capsule right into a near-vacuum where there’s barely any oxygen to start what’s likely to function as the quickest, farthest free fall in the greatest-ever manned balloon.

Baumgartner spent Monday at his hotel, psychologically planning for that harmful task together with his parents, girlfriend and 4 close buddies, his team stated. He’d an easy dinner of fish along with a salad, and then was built with a massage. He spent Tuesday morning resting within an Airstreams trailer close to the launch site.

One of the risks: Any connection with the capsule on his exit could tear the pressurized suit. A rip could expose him to deficiencies in oxygen and temps little as 70 levels below zero. It might cause potentially lethal bubbles to create in the body fluids, an ailment referred to as “boiling bloodstream.”