Austrian skydiving expert Felix Baumgartner finally jumped on Sunday morning from an altitude of 39,045 meters, breaking three records: First man to break the speed of sound in freefall, highest freefall and highest manned balloon flight.
“It was an incredible up and down today, just like it’s been with the whole project,” said Felix Baumgartner after a safe landing. “First we got off with a beautiful launch and then we had a bit of drama with a power supply issue to my visor. The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I’d just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness. I didn’t feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We’ll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”
Source and picture: Red Bull Stratos