Skydiver Plans Parachute Jump From Edge of Space [VIDEO]
He is known to his pals as “Fearless Felix”. It is not a nickname that has been lightly earned. Felix Baumgartner has jumped from planes over 2,500 times and now, according to the AP, he is planning his most daring jump yet from 120,000 feet or 23 miles above the earth. The record for a free fall by parachute is currently held by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger who jumped from 102,800 feet — 19.5 miles — in 1960. How fast will “Fearless Felix” be falling?
Baumgartner expects to be in free fall for five minutes, 35 seconds, and achieve Mach 1, or 690 mph.
No specific date has been set for Baumgartner’s jump although the optimum window in sometime between July and October depending on the weather conditions. Check out the video showing the preparations for this complex if somewhat mystifying project.