ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.
The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.
But the weather on Tuesday forced his team to cancel his planned ascent in a 55-story, ultra-thin helium balloon that was to take him to the stratosphere.
Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 2 mph or below.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Morning winds delayed plans for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert, but the hold has now been lifted and preparations for the jump are under way. The former military parachutist from Austria plans to ride into the stratosphere in a pressurized capsule carried by a 55-story, ultra-thin helium balloon. He’ll slowly ascend to 120,000 feet, then jump out. He’s hoping to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and also shatter three other world records.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Preparations for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert are on hold Tuesday morning due to winds, but his team is hopeful the winds will die down and he’ll still make the jump.
Baumgartner’s team says winds on the ground are still, but are in the high teens at about 700 feet, which is about the height of the top of the balloon. Baumgarterner’s team is on hold, hoping the winds die down in time to get the mission prepped and the helium balloon launched before the window for a high-altitude flight closes around 10 a.m. Mountain time.
Source: Associated Press
From Red Bull:
Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.