Mission to the edge of space
Mission to the edge of space

Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner has made history after successfully landing a record free-fall jump from the edge of space back to Earth.


In July he successfully completed a test jump at a lower altitude but this time it was significantly higher.

According to Dr Jonathan Clarke from the Red Bull Stratos Mission: "What we're doing here is not just a record attempt or a stunt it's actually a very intense flight test program."

So many things could go wrong on the way up - a tear in his space suit or a hole in the balloon. The the first 30 seconds after he jumps will be the most dangerous where there is little air to stop him from getting into a deadly spin or tumble.

In those few hair-raising moments he'll reach speeds of 1100km/h becoming the first to break the sound barrier using nothing more than his body.

"We don't know what a human will endure accelerating through the sound barrier," Dr Clarke says.

In the process, Felix could potentially break four world records:

  • Reaching supersonic speed in freefall (breaking the sound barrier)
  • Highest manned balloon flight
  • Longest freefall
  • Freefall from highest altitude

Australian high performance doctor Andy Walshe has helped prepare Felix. He says the adventurer isn’t nervous.

"Felix isn't a nervous kinda guy he, focuses on what he needs to get the job done."

The results of this jump will help future astronauts.

The capsule will be launched from a desert region near Roswell, New Mexico. Seven News’ US Bureau Chief Mike Amor will be covering the event live from Roswell.

Watch the jump live on 7Mate at 11:30pm AEDT or watch it live online here.

This Seven News exclusive will air nationally on 7mate from Sunday, October 14th at 11.30pm AEDT and be live streamed online at 7news.com.au

For more information on this history-making event go to: www.redbullstratos.com

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