Felix Baumgartner has to be THE most daredevil of them all, as he will break the speed of sound during his fall from – get this – 23MILES up, the very edge of space.
Every Adrenaline junkie on the planet must love the idea of the extreme sport of space-diving, which involves the kind of jump a person can only do with something other than a conventional sky-diving suit and helmet. Felix Baumgartner has to be THE most daredevil of them all, as he will break the speed of sound during his fall from – get this – 23MILES up, the very edge of space.
He will have to be equipped with a life-support system, and to that end, space equipment maker the David Clark Company have created an amazing. specially built, pressurized suit and helmet providing both an artificial atmosphere and insulation against fire, extreme cold down to 69 degrees below Zero, and the lack of atmospheric pressure.
Baumgartner will get to jump height in capsule hanging from a helium-filled balloon, before making his record breaking, Red Bull-sponsored stunt that would become the highest free-fall ever achieved in world history. Now that the suit has passed vacuum-chamber tests the team is now moving to Roswell, New Mexico, fittingly.
Dr. Jonathan Clark, team medical director says that they will be, through
Red Bull Stratos, testing new equipment and developing high altitude habitation procedures as well as seeing how enduring such extreme acceleration affects the human body.
It is hoped that results will improve the safety for space professionals and possible future space tourists, setting new standards for aviation, because no-one has ever gone supersonic before outside of an aircraft.
Baumgartner hopes to survive this uncharted leap of faith, becoming in the process first parachute-jumper to break the sound barrier, hurtling earthwards at 760 miles per hour. This is without doubt a pioneering effort, and whatever the outcome an event that will belong to posterity. We wish him a safe landing, though I for one certainly would not ever attempt this.