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Austrian skydiver to leap from the edge of space, free fall at supersonic speeds

Cutting_Crew (708624) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Cutting_Crew writes "Austrian skydiver Felix_Baumgartner will attempt a supersonic free fall on October 8th as the worlds highest skydive.

According to the Christian Science Monitor "The current record for world's highest skydive stands at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). It was set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, who serves as an adviser for Baumgartner's mission. If Baumgartner succeeds on Oct. 8, he will break not only that mark but also the sound barrier, becoming the first skydiver ever to fall at supersonic speeds, Red Bull Stratos officials said. During the July 25 jump, Baumgartner's top freefall speed was 537 mph (864 kph) — about as fast as a commercial airliner.

Let's hope that the weather on the 8th is as good as they hope for. It would be awesome to have a real time camera feed from his helmet."

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