Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier in record jump

Roswell, New Mexico, Oct 15 (TruthDive): Helicopter pilot and daredevil skydiver, Felix Baumgartner created history after skydiving from a special balloon about 39 km (128,000 ft) high up in the stratosphere. Baumgartner has now become the only man to break sound barrier from outside an airplane.

He has also broken the long-standing records for the highest skydive in history, and the highest balloon flight on record.

Baumgartner during his Sunday jump over the lands of eastern New Mexico desert reached the maximum speed 833.9 mph and completed his mission nine minutes after diving from his capsule. He victoriously lifted his arms high after landing and loud cheers were made by the friends and onlookers inside Roswell control center, New Mexico.

Three hours before, Baumgartner, famously called as “Fearless Felix,” took off in a specially made pressurized capsule, which was carried by 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon. At 1:44 p.m. ET, when the daredevil was above 34,000 metres from the Earth, Red Bull Stratos made it official: Baumgartner would complete his jump.

In just a few minutes, he opened the door of his capsule at the edge of space and hopped into the history books. After he landed on Earth, Red Bull Stratos team confirmed that Baumgartner reached 1137 km/h — well past the speed of sound.

After landing, Baumgartner said through Twitter that we live to pursue dreams and conquer fears, may our accomplishments and attempts progress humankind. He further said when you are at the top of the world you become humble; you don’t think anymore of breaking records, you don’t think about getting scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive.

The daredevil is an Austrian, born in Salzburg in 1969;at the age of 16, he started skydiving, developed his aero-acrobatic talents in Austrian military demonstrations and competitions.

In 1990s, he started doing base jumping – leaping off the fixed objects and by using parachute to stop the fall. Then he did many high-profile jumps from very famous landmarks, which were very dangerous. Despite courses of training, the dives and jumps remain highly dangerous.

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